Sometimes it really breaks my heart to see the lack of patience in our society.
Every time I hear someone honking at another car for moving slowly in traffic when it’s completely out of their control… Whenever people complain that their food isn’t arriving fast enough at a restaurant… Even something like an almost unnoticed roll of the eyes when someone at the front of the Starbucks line doesn’t have their order memorized and ready to go.
It breaks my heart that humanity is so consumed with their own wants and needs that nobody else’s matter.
So many aspects of life have become so fast paced that we need every other aspect of life to also be fast paced. This essentially teaches us that everything in life needs to be immediate.
Our lack of patience leads to a lack of compassion, courtesy, and care for others.
Don’t get me wrong. Just like most things I like to discuss on here I am SOOOOO guilty of this. I can be incredibly impatient sometimes. And when I catch myself in a moment of impatience I am genuinely disappointed in myself.
So I find it important for my own self-improvement to consciously practice patience.
Here are some ways I like to practice patience.
Recently I’ve gotten super in to yoga. I mean it was only a matter of time, right? I’m obsessed. I just love feeling the movement of my body and pushing the limits of my flexibility. While yes, yoga is the thing that helps me practice patience, it’s not what I’m talking about.
What I’m talking about is picking up a hobby that you are not an expert at. This is something that 100% helps you practice patience. When you’re passionate about something that you’re not necessarily “good” at, it takes time and consistent work in order to improve. Especially something like yoga, which takes time for your muscles to tone and stretch.
Baking. I LOVE BAKING. Growing up people knew me for the cupcakes I would make very frequently. It was very normal for me to bake up to 500 cupcakes for any random occasion. So let me tell you… Baking takes a lot of patience. Especially if you’re going to do it right.
So make some cupcakes from scratch. Wait for the oven to heat up. Wait for them to bake. And wait for them to cool off. Ice them. And revel in a masterpiece that could only be made through patience.
Not to mention you can give your extra cupcakes to friends and family (or even perfect strangers) and see their faces light up.
So this one is a little hard. And it will be CHALLENGING. But. Every time I catch myself in a situation where I’m forced to wait and my first instinct is to have a terrible attitude I stop and start listing things that I am thankful for and things in the world that make me happy.
When I start making this list in my head it makes me realize how great my life really is and that getting upset over stupid things like having to wait slightly longer for my turn at the DMV is really silly.
Practicing patience in the little things will help you have patience with the bigger things in life.
Learning to have patience will cause your heart to grow and be full constantly. So many negative emotions caused by impatience just dissipate. Having patience can take a lot of work, but I promise you it’s worth it.
Be kind. Love others.