PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 25: “Patience is like a muscle — the more you exercise it, the greater it becomes.”― Frank Sonnenberg
Yeah, and for most of us, I think it is the most underused muscle we have. At least it seems that way. We all know how uncomfortable it is to be around others who are impatient and rude. It sucks on the highway, where it creates dangerous situations for everyone, and it is really ugly in public settings where people get nasty with whatever situation is not working out the way they think it should.
We ARE allowed to get upset and impatient, it happens to everyone. How we handle that is the test of where we are in the spiritual journey. It does not give us permission to bite someone’s face off, or to be ugly and mean.
And another test is how we talk to ourselves when we are slower than we want to be, make a mistake, or just feel overwhelmed by life. We are often horribly abusive to ourselves. That, too, is a lesson in how and where we need to dig deeper into this work.
As I age, I find that I make more silly mistakes when I am not mindful of what I am doing. It is important that I slow down and pay attention to what I am doing. It is very simple; I need more patience with ME. And that is often where I practice it the least. So I will exercise that muscle more also. They all seem to need extra work these days…a different part of life, I guess.