I have developed patience in that last, nearly 6 decades, but I cannot say that I always had patience. I had a little, but certainly not where I am now. If you think you are a patient person, ask yourself this, “Can I deal with other people without getting irritable? Can I work a crossword or a jigsaw puzzle without getting irritated?”
We live in a world that is constantly on fast-forward. I am not sure that human beings are really built to be on fast-forward, but we give it our best shot. And in giving it our best shot, we tend to get a little short with others. Sometimes, we are even short with ourselves.
If you find that you are engaging someone who doesn’t understand what you are saying or doing, instead of getting irritable, try taking a deep breath and giving them a moment. Then try again and maybe try a different way to explain what you mean. As a teacher, I find that some people struggle with a concept we are discussing and I could get upset, but my job is to relate to people in a way they can understand. Sometimes, it’s not that they don’t understand, it’s that they don’t agree for some reason. Allow people to understand, but disagree and instead of getting upset, show patience with them and yourself by allowing them to have their opinion.
Patience requires us to slow down a bit. That is not a bad thing at all. Try meditating or yoga. Try talking a leisurely walk instead of a power walk. Try to work a little patience into every day. If you’re not always patient, that’s okay, but being more patient will be a huge benefit over time. To your psyche, to your body, to your loved ones and to the people you come into contact with on a regular basis. It can improve your attitude, your health, and your relationships. And that can be a step in improving your life!