1.the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. 2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay 3.quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence
“Patience with family is love, patience with others is respect, patience with self is confidence, patience with God is faith.”
Many of us, including myself become impatient very easily and in many situations. In today’s world we always seem to be rushing to the next thing. Impatience may be caused by being stuck in traffic, sitting in a long meeting or class, standing in a long line at the grocery store, or not getting our way. Being impatient show up as irritation, anger, disappointment, or frustration.
I have been strengthening my patience through the following steps:
- Recognizing my impatience – Noticing situations that drive me to be impatient and having realistic expectations of my environment and the people around me.
- Observing my impatient feelings – Noticing what I am feeling and observing my behaviors and actions when being impatient.
- Change my impatience into patience – Making the choice to find positives in situations that usually lead to impatience.
The following video is an excellent explanation of patience, one of the mindfulness attitudes. Jon Kabatt-Zinn, Ph.D. explains that being patient with ourself will allow us to inhabit the present moment.
Practicing patience drives calmness and give us strength to face things in life. It leads to stability and self harmony. Patience lets us make the conscious choice to respond differently, accept the now, and focus on the positive. Patience ultimately leads us to having greater attention and awareness while increasing our innovation and creativity.
What actions do you take to improve your patience? Can you share an example of how you find the positives in situations that can lead to impatience? Please share your comments below and thank you for reading!