Why Practice Patience?

              Patience is an attribute we all could have a little more of. If the world had more patience, it would be a better place to be. Simple as that. People would be more understanding. People would be less stressed out. People would be less judgmental. And ultimately, people would be happier.

              The most common lesson taught in life is patience. Whether we know it or not. Impatience is a plague that is virtually everywhere. It strikes several times throughout the day at various levels. In line at the grocery store. Waiting for a response back from a coworker. Waiting for your ride to pick you up. The list goes on and on.

              Patience is a virtue, as they say. If we can all become more patient, we can have a better grasp on life. It’s important to remind ourselves that the world does not revolve around one person. Other people have needs too and they are no more important or less important than yours. The best lesson in life is the lesson of patience. Patience can be practiced every single day of our lives. The better we are with being patient, the more pleasant we are to be around. No one likes to be with someone who is always in a rush or anxious. Practice patience. Teach yourself to be OK with what’s going on around you. Look for the silver lining in things. There is always two sides to every story. So, don’t focus on the negative side.

              Looking for the beauty in things requires patience. Because seeing beauty in something takes time to process what you’re observing to really grasp what it’s all about. Some may confuse patience with weakness. And this couldn’t be more wrong. If you are mixed up with people who take advantage of your patience then I would suggest a few things. One, to say something to them. Two, think hard about your relationship with that person. If he or she is taking advantage of your kindness, do you really want to be associated with a person like that? I wouldn’t.

              Patience is one of the most common and powerful lessons we can learn. It’s so common that we face it literally every single day. And it’s so powerful that we can all become better people just by taking time to appreciate the smaller things. So next time you are in line at the coffee shop or grocery store, don’t pull your phone out and browse mindlessly. This is a sign of impatience. Instead, embrace the time to yourself. Embrace the wait. Be an observer. Allow your mind to relax instead of forcing it into anxiety and stress. Give yourself time to just be. Give yourself time to just exist in that present moment. You’ll feel better for it and it may even make you a kinder and nicer person. Patience is power.

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