If I had to choose only one quality to improve about myself, it would be patience. The need for patience is a lesson often repeated in my life, at least as far back as adolescence, when Axl Rose preached its importance to me in the midst of my hormonal romantic drama.
An example of the need for patience is when fighting dis-ease, you are labeled a “patient.” It is medical fact that when fighting illness, your body heals itself faster when you are free of anxiety. Stress lowers your natural immunity and brings about more sickness.
Being patient does not mean being passive. As a “patient,” it is beneficial to be fully engaged with doctors, and health care providers during the treatment process. Being patient is having the right mindset that no matter the situation healing is already taking place even if it is not yet apparent and will continue in every moment until the dis-ease is gone because all is well all of the time; the great All Is makes it so.
Patience is a byproduct of trust. Being more patient means trusting more often.
Picture yourself at the finest, fanciest restaurant in town. The chef is a rock star, the Zagat score is through the roof, and just getting in the door was a miracle. Looking over the menu, you know that no matter what you order, the ingredients, preparation and timing will be perfect. You are ready and expectant to enjoy what promises to be the best meal you’ve ever had.
Now suppose if right after you ordered, you walked into the kitchen. Unlike the luxurious tranquil comfort of the dining room, here It is hot and chaotic. There is so much going on at once, you wonder how anyone can keep track of it all. Do you think inserting yourself into the midst of the commotion would be helpful? More likely you will be a distraction and your meal will suffer.
This is what happens when you are not being patient. You are not where you are supposed to be. You are away from the table causing a disruption. Instead, resist the temptation from fear and doubt. Stay seated. Relax and remain calm. Savor your glass of wine. Trust your instinct that you are in the right place at the right time. All is well.
#dailypossible: How can you be more patient today? Perhaps it means letting a delicate situation simmer instead of turning up the heat and boiling over. What can you do to show more trust? Share in the comments.