The importance of patience

How many of us lose our patience because we haven’t got time to listen to others because of our hurried lives? I feel we have less time now, than when I was growing up.

We’re also focusing on the wrong things, making things instead of people our priority. The world is moving quickly and in order to keep pace we need to move with it. It doesn’t help of course, when others aren’t moving with us.

When we feel anxious, unhappy, or worried about something we have no patience. Do we see ourselves as being the impatient ones, or do we just see other people being the difficult ones? I believe circumstances can influence the way we feel about ourselves and about others. When we’re less happy, we will have less patience towards others. We lose sight of the importance of patience.

So how do we learn the art of being patient? Luckily being patient is something that we can all nurture and cultivate, but it’s important for us to go back to basics and work on the assumption that things will inevitably take time to complete. We must challenge ourselves to be more accepting of the things that need time. Things happen and complete all in good time.

Impatient people want things done yesterday? They certainly don’t waste time in getting the job done, but they’re forgetting to enjoy the experience that goes with it. Working on a project, however long that project takes, is an experience. Perhaps that’s something we should embrace more of.

Obviously when it comes to family, patience is vital. It’s a key part to the foundation of a happy childhood. Bringing children up without patience will only ever amount to being a chore. It’s important to nurture the parent and children relationship. Without it, there can be no meaningful relationship.

All relationships need time and patience, but I honestly believe that once we’ve mastered it, we will go on to replicate success in so many areas of our lives; not just with our children.


18 Jul, 2011

6 thoughts on “The importance of patience

  1. I have had to learn this skill living with an elderly father who has very little patience.

    If he wants something done it has to be now, not 10 minutes from now. The thing I hate the most is when I return home and he is on at me to do something even before I set foot in the door. That drives me crazy.

    Since my mother’s death and having to deal with my father on a daily basis I understand my mother so much more now than before. I understand why she did the things she did, because I do them now to deal with my father so that I can keep the peace.

    It is worth it in the end, less fighting and bad feelings. We have learned to co exist which is important.

    1. You make the best of what you have with your father.

      Learning how to be patient and to be accepting of where you are with him has given you that. As you say it makes for an easier life; less fighting and less bad feelings between you.

  2. I have gotten a lot better than I used to be.

    I used to want things done yesterday. I do still get impatient but mostly at the doctor’s office when I have to sit there for 2 hours for an appointment that was scheduled for 2 hours ago. I know things happen, but doctors are the world’s worst at scheduling appointments only 10 minutes apart, knowing it’ll take at least 30 minutes for a decent one to take place.

    I get impatient with drivers, especially the ones going the speed limit or below the speed limit that drive in the passing lane. Other than that I’m pretty patient with most everybody else.

    I guess my downfall is expecting others to treat me with the same respect as I treat them with.
    When we’re impatient we tend to also make mistakes more easily because we’re in a hurry to get it done.

    1. You are right, all these things can make us impatient; but it’s important for us to accept the need for us to be more patient in any circumstances.

      It’s the only way we feel happier and less stressed.

  3. I have little patience for things that annoy me, like poor drivers and clients’ that pester me; but I am learning to have more patience for things that matter.

    1. It’s very easy to have little patience for poor drivers and clients that constantly pester, but it’s so important to have patience regardless of who’s doing what. If we have little or no patience we will continue to get caught up on all that we’re trying to avoid like stress.

      Once we’ve mastered the art of being patient I believe we will go on to lead more peaceful and stress free lives.

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