July 3

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 3: “There are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: impatience and laziness. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of laziness we cannot return. Perhaps, however, there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out, because of impatience we cannot return.”― Franz Kafka

Interesting take on impatience. What I really know is how ugly it can be to witness in others. I don’t like how it feels when I am impatient. When I see it in action in the world I am horrified by how toxic it is. It creates anger and resentment wherever it goes and I do not want to walk in the world like that.

There is nothing less attractive than someone who is entitled and impatient with others. So ugly. It is the thing I see when others are abusive and mean, bullies and truly toxic people.

I have learned from watching these people that I do not want to be who they are. There have been quite a few of them in my life and they have been great teachers of the way I want to live and be in the world. So I practice patience with things that seem to take longer than I believe they should.

When I am not centered within myself, I have been impatient. I believe this is the first thing I must clean up with others. A good sense of humor is necessary, because life is just full of wonderful learning opportunities.

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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