They say patience is a virtue. It is one thing to believe you have patience and another to actually have it.
We are all required to wait for one thing or another and the true testing of patience is not how long we wait but the attitude we maintain whilst waiting. We can choose to be miserable, resentful while waiting or we can choose to have good character. The waiting time does not change because our patience is running low. It would be great if this were possible!
Our patience is tested on a daily basis;
*The delayed train
*A hold up in your project
*An unwell child who you have to wait on hand and foot
*Being transferred to the fourth person in an organisation when making a telephone enquiry
We can become angry, irritated, annoyed and despondent and are likely to exhibit these behaviours to people who are either not responsible or can do little to change the situation. Whilst having an outburst may make you feel better for a nanosecond, it really does not get the root of the problem.
Personally I need more patience, I know it, my husband knows it and my children certainly do. Funnily enough a colleague of ten or so years ago mentioned I always have a calm demeanour about me in the office. I recall looking puzzled and wondering how on earth she came to that conclusion. Clearly I have learnt the art of not losing my call whilst at work. Can the same be said for in the home? How we are perceived by others is often not how we view ourselves. Our body language and tone speaks volumes- far more than the words we utter.
Life does not always go to plan, we cannot just click our fingers and take action. There are challenges, protocol, delays all of which can hinder moving forward. They are not necessarily permanent hindrances but because we do not know how long we will wait we grow despondent and lose hope along the way.
It will take time to grow patience and just when you think you have mastered it, you will find yourself in a situation where you are yet again being tested.
Would you like to improve on your patience?
Or perhaps you feel you have?