This lesson looks at how patience can and does enrich daily life and gives a sense of fortitude to endeavors.
* Are you impatient with people in your life? Have you expressed your impatience to them? Do you silently brood on it? How has this affected your relationship with them?
I have to admit that I am an impatient soul. According to the astrology chart, this characteristic is common for people born under my sign, Virgo. This doesn’t make this trait any more attractive though. On rare occasions, I’ll express my impatience. I’ve become aware that this usually happens when I have to stand while waiting in a long line. Give me a chair and I’ll be meek. Usually I brood within myself until I can find a way to harmlessly release it.
Luckily, my bouts with impatience haven’t had any ill effects on my relationships with others (knock on wood). I’m hoping that my awareness of this shortcoming in me will continue to help me get along well with others.
* Are you impatient with your life situation? What things do you feel you cannot wait for? What makes you impatient for them? How can you take the focus away from them, to the present?
Yes, I guess I’d have to say that I am a little impatient with my current life situation. I want so much to have a well-kept home. For years, I had just that – except for one room, my son’s bedroom. My final solution to the problem was to have a house rule stating that his bedroom door must always be closed. (All other options were futile with him.) Since I married for the second time, my home is in constant disarray. Although I’ve been living with this for 23 years, I have to say that I feel impatient about the chaos I live in. Some people don’t mind clutter. I’m not one of them. Obviously, I am still waiting for the day when I can, again, have my home the way I want it.
Finding a way to avert my attention from the mess is difficult to say the least because I’m more or less homebound most of the time. I try to keep things as clean and uncluttered as I possibly can.
* What can you see to enjoy about your life right now? What brings you joy in the present?
I do love my house. It’s just the right size. I like the neighborhood I live in. The neighbors are friendly without being nosey. Where I am in my life is good too. Many may want to be young again. I already know what that is like and I look forward to each new day because it’s going to be different, if just a little, than what I’ve experienced so far.
My take on this assignment…
Patience is a trait I had to work hard on all of my life and I’ll have to deal with it until the end. For the ones who have not become aware of their deficiency in this area, this lesson is probably useful. For me, it’s just a repeat of what I face on a regular basis.
Do you lack in patience? How are you handling it?
- In Buddhism, Patience is an Act of Self-Compassion that Gives Rise to Equanimity. ~ Toni Bernhard (elephantjournal.com)
- Feeling impatient with my impatience. (ask.metafilter.com)