Patience Pt. 1
By Mary Martin
There are many reasons why we become impatient with things or people. Most of us have at least one thing in common and that is sitting in traffic, whether it’s rush hour or an unforeseen accident. In this day in time, we as people want the microwave fix instead of waiting when it’s necessary. As we go through this impatient life, we will and have missed out or passed up many blessings along the way.
Oxford dictionary defines patience as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”
What does impatience do? Perhaps it encourages us to look at what is in front of us. To look at the whole situation. When we want things now means that it is a lot of noise going on around us and we are not looking at the whole situation or bigger picture.
Impatience buys on credit instead of laying it out or asking yourself if it’s something you really NEED or is it something you WANT? Impatience buys the next high tech phone and within months it will be obsolete. It can also, hinder relationships. Most of all, impatience can leave you stressed, overwhelmed and frustrated.
When we are patient, we ask ourselves questions that will determine if something is a need or want. We can slow down and prepare for rush hour or that unforeseen accident. We can wait until certain fruits are ripe (strawberries, melons, etc.) because they will be juicier.
Sometimes, we get impatient about our lives and that comes from the choices we’ve made. When we trust that there is a better plan for our lives, then we are patient knowing that things will work out for our good. Romans 8:28 says: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
It’s obvious that impatience implies that something is wrong and it needs to be fixed now, so there won’t be any problems in the future but, sometimes things happen for a reason to cause us to become impatient and that’s when we need to rely on God’s guidance and trust that He will get us through, even if it’s somethings as simple as sitting in traffic.
So, the next time impatience sets in try these tips:
- Stop and take a breath. Slow down. This will help you to refocus. Give yourself permission to relax.
- Release what’s causing you to be impatient to God and listen for guidance.
- Pinpoint triggers that may cause you to be impatient and how you can deal with them. Make a list and decide if it’s worth your time to be impatient.
- Keep a journal. It will help you to become more aware and help you come to a better conclusion as to how to better deal with what’s causing your impatience.
- Look at the big picture and remind yourself that some things are going to take time and that’s it’s ok.
- Remember what really matters. This will help take the focus off of what’s causing your impatience.
- When all else fails. Just let it go. When you realize that there’s absolutely nothing you can do, release it. Your outlook will be much better.
Until next time: Walk in Wisdom
Mary Martin, MBA, MS, Certified Life Coach (C.L.C.), Certified Spiritual Coach (C.S.C.)
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