July 22

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 22: “Patience isn’t simply waiting, it is caring enough about the situation and those involved to remain calm and courteous throughout the wait.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

Most of my amends since being around here have come due to my impatience with someone or something and my ensuing lack of good manners.

We have all been around those who are demanding, entitled or just rude, because of their self-centeredness and selfish behaviors. Ugh! I hate it when I am that person. It makes me so sad for me and for those around me. When I get too rushed, I am likely to become a grizzly bear with others. So, I need to breathe, take it easy, and remember that the moments of life are important and valuable.

Some of us are slower at times to do what we are doing, whether it is just our nature to be slow or whether it is due to meticulousness in our demeanor.

It is not my nature to go slow. That has changed as I get older. Some parts of me might be racing, but my body cannot abide that. So, with wisdom comes slowing…not what I was hoping for, but definitely what I need.

Becoming mindful means that I don’t impose MY impatience on those around me. What a challenge! I have always wanted you to know how important I am and that ALL of my desires and needs should be satisfied in full and quickly if you don’t mind. Hahaha!

So, I look at myself through that lens of learning to wait. It is not my long suit, probably never will be, but it is a great way to learn and practice being present to myself and what is going on around me. There are nearly always some amazing surprises if I can be mindful to them.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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