Good things take time …… and patience is like a piece of art sculpted and perfected over many years. Sometimes your sculpture is smooth with beautiful lines and other times your hammer slips and you take out a big chunk so you are left with jagged edges.
Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.
When you’re young you are more tolerant of what life throws your way and as you get older, those things seem much bigger than what they are. As you experience life, learn from mistakes, get set in your routines and find the things you love, you become less tolerant.
This week my patience was pushed to the limit. It’s easy to forget ourselves, to lose our cool, we forget to breath and take time to listen and watch carefully.
We all have our patience pushed to the limits at some point – your face goes red, your heart rate spikes, you are almost hyperventilating and you can’t help but stomp your foot or throw your hands in the air as you try and make sense of the whole situation.
This week taught me a very valuable lesson – take time to observe, take time to listen and feel rather than approach a situation like a bull at a gate.
When you feel yourself getting upset, take a deep breath, stand back and observe.
What is making you feel this way? Are you late for work and did not leave yourself enough time to do what you need to do? The solution, get up a little earlier in the morning.
Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and think what they are experiencing.
Remember to breath – a deep breath can do wonders.
How do you want your piece of “art” to look?
Smooth or with jagged edges?
What feels better?
Nat B xx