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Patience & Gratitude

There is a saying; "Good things come to those who wait." Patience allows you to persevere and make more productive decisions, often leading to a positive outcome. Patient people tend to have a greater sense of gratitude; I have found they are calmer and more grounded in life.

The most challenging aspect of being patient is with yourself. No one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes which is why being patient with yourself could lead to success. I have learned this by being a mother. When my daughter was learning to tie her shoes, I was so tempted while in a rush to do it for her. I learned to be patient to allow her the time and space to do it at her pace. As time went on, having patience was part of the building blocks to building her confidence and independence. Wow, has that paid off! I m very proud to witness her growth!

Like most everything, we develop patience through practice. We can learn a different way to relate to ourselves, others, and our lives.

  1. Practice mindfulness. Be in the present moment without judging.

  2. Practice accepting your current circumstances. While perhaps looking ahead that the time we spend being patient has a beautiful reward and outcome. ( as a parent, teacher, lover/ partner)…

  3. Actively build a tolerance for being a bit uncomfortable. This one is the hardest for me!

  4. Practice being a good listener.

Our Toxic Culture Of Instant-Gratification

One could say, living in a culture where things happen NOW breeds impatience.

Whoever said 'patience is a virtue' was probably waiting in line for the best things in life and eventually landed up with them. This hope is why I forced myself to shift my mindset to be patient with myself to heal and understand that what I wanted and needed in life existed. The only thing holding me back was me! My heart fills more every day as I learn to have patience and believe what I have is meant for me. I feel worthy, yet I will never take it for granted. Thank you, JMK.

Simply put, a virtue is behavior showing high moral standards. So does patience show a high moral standard? Yes, it does. Patience is an exercise in self-control. Waiting for the right moment and not settling takes practice. It takes experience, wisdom, and sometimes being burned or hurt to realize that making quick or reactive decisions is unhealthy and can have a long-term impact on your life. Impatience leads to frustration or anger from being unable to do something you want to do. Unfortunately, this sets us up for stress.

Having patience has great value.

Patient people enjoy better mental health.

Patient people are better friends and neighbors.

Patience helps us achieve our goals.

Patience is linked to good health.

Nothing worthy in life comes without some patience and time. I feel blessed to know this firsthand. It's a journey, it's work every day, but it is so worth it! And from patience comes resilience to feel everything without the negatives getting to you.

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