How can we remain patient in spite of all of the things going wrong around us?
The Dictionary defines patience as “the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. … Patience, endurance, fortitude, stoicism imply qualities of calmness, stability, and persistent courage in trying circumstances.”
How often can you say you are patient? It seems like every day, with everything streaming at us at the speed of light, that our patience is being worn thinner and thinner. Or is it just me?
Sometimes we let the littlest thing get to us: losing at tennis, having to wait in line, sitting in traffic, waiting for a representative on the phone line…the list goes on and on. With so much to do, so much to see, so much to accomplish, our nerves are seemingly more frazzled than ever. How can we keep calm in the midst of all of this chaos.
“Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it is all small stuff. “ I don’t know who said that, but it is worth listening to. Laugh it off, relax, let go of your anger and your desire to be first. Remember, at the end of the day, it is just tennis. Start making a list of how much you have and count all your blessings, and you will soon see that the little things no longer bother you. Release becoming uptight or having to win. The more you resist, the more it persists. The more you laugh it off, the lighter you will feel, and the less it will bother you. After all, you cannot carry all of the burdens on your back for too long without breaking. So why carry them at all? Stay in control, remain patient, act in the appropriate way, and stay in power
“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”