One of my mentors said, “People who race through life will likely crash.” That inspired me to come up with these thoughts:
Be patient. Patience is love. Patience is one the greatest strengths, but one of the hardest things to acquire. We can all be impatient sometimes.
Some people have inherited a tendency to be less patient. Others become less patient if they feel depressed or anxious. Others lose their patience when they are coping with overwhelming stress in life, such as relationship troubles, financial problems, and multiple daily frustrations.
If your patience has been reduced by some or all of these factors, always remember to nurture the patience that you have, and make it a high priority to strive towards greater patience. A disciplined practice of meditation can be a good way to nurture your patience. It may also be necessary to simplify your life, to re-evaluate your values, and to seek help to treat any depression or anxiety that you may be suffering from.
Patience is a beautiful trait. Be patient when you are waiting in line. Be patient when you are walking behind or walking with an elderly person. Be patient when you are stuck in the traffic. Be patient when people are behaving obnoxiously. Be patient when people don’t understand you. Be patient when people talk. Be patient when you are watching the sky, and waiting to see a meteor! I saw 17 meteors this past year!
Be patient with yourself.
It’s often the process that brings you the most happiness, rather than the results. It is the journey, rather than the destination.
I think that Olympians really enjoy the competitions and the award moments. But those moments do not last for very long. Their practices take up most of their lives; it is this practice and preparation that could bring them the most happiness, if they choose to allow it.
Try to enjoy the process, and the journey, with patience. Don't waste your experiences by rushing through them! This approach will bring you greater peace, health, and happiness.
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast—you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. (Eddie Cantor)
You are not in a competition. Let go of that urgency to get things done. “Those who race through life will likely crash.” Enjoy every little detail of life; pay attention to those flowers, and those leaves. Pay attention to the people who cross your path. Enjoy the hard work that you put into your goals. Appreciate your hardships if you would like. Because one day when you look back, you would admire yourself, and that could potentially give you more courage down the road. Don’t rush and miss out on the most important things in life.
Little things are the biggest things of all.
The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order… the continuous thread of revelation. (Eudora Welty)
Affirmation: I enrich my life when I am patient.