The need for patience

We live in a world where some of us expect instant gratification. In a blink of an eyelid we have the information we need at our fingertips, through the internet. We work things out.

We don’t have to write drawn-out letters to communicate anymore with family or friends. If we have access to a computer we can e-mail, quickly and efficiently. We’ve moved on as far as technology is concerned.

We’ve come to expect. Of course, that’s positive, but the flip side is that we’ve come to expect these things. We have in effect, created a niche for us sort our life out through the latest technology; and whilst that tends to work out for us because it’s not difficult to do, we think we can do the same thing in our relationships.

The reality is we don’t have instant gratification, we tend to have to work at these things. We need to be patient. Patience needs to be cultivated and nurtured, as do relationships. All relationships deserve our attention. Perhaps it’s time to change the way we think.

Forget instant gratification that will come and go and is of no intrinsic value. We should look further at how we can be more patient; how we can be more kind; how we can be more understanding so that we solely focus on what’s important, who and what matters to us most in our life.

I believe that way we are more likely to do the right thing. After all isn’t that what we should all be aiming for?


29 Jun, 2011

8 thoughts on “The need for patience

  1. I tend to be a very patient person. My mother was as well. My brother has no patience what so ever.

    My father some times does, other times no. Especially when I arrive home and he wants me to do something immediately. I want to scream, ” Let me get in the door first, ” but I don’t, I know better.

    Such is life living with an 83 year old.

    1. Randy you know to be patient and that’s good. As long as we understand how to address our life better through being patient, I reckon that’s okay. Others have to work it out for themselves we cannot do it for them.

      It must be extremely frustrating for you living with an 83 year old who expects you to behave in a certain way, so you fit into his life. I know you can teach him a thing or too on how to do things better and being patient is one of them.

  2. Patience is definitely something I need to work on. As you said in this day and age we expect instant gratification!

    I’ve had a lot of years to try to learn it, but I still have my days where it isn’t the first thing I’m thinking of when dealing with the world.

    I’ll have to try to find some exercises that would help with that.

    1. I think that if most of us are honest with ourselves we will probably need to work on patience.

      I also think because we have learned that in some cases we can have instant gratification we have become less patient in other areas of our life; particularly around family and friends. We seem to have less time for them. I totally agree with you.

  3. I used to get very impatient but I’ve gotten more laid back. It does no good to be impatient; it won’t speed things up.

    I think we depend on modern technology too much. I used to enjoy writing letters and miss the joy of getting letters and cards in the mail from friends and family.

    1. Glad to hear you’re taking things in a more relaxed manner.

      Being impatient is often counter-productive and in some circumstances can lead to the wrong decisions being made or the wrong things being said, particularly around family!

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