1. Not my strong suit
2. I’m working on it
Dear friends and family,
Most of us find it easy enough to be patient with people we don’t have much at stake with. Who cares what other people say or do as long as it doesn’t impact us too much, right? But, when it comes to those that are close to us, it gets tricky. At least that’s the way it is for me. I’m not proud of my lack of patience. In fact, I feel downright embarrassed that I can be so disparate. If you are my friend or acquaintance, you might be thinking that I’m quite a patient person. If you are my husband, however, I’m sure it’s a very different story!
What’s up with this? Why is it so hard to be patient with a spouse, child, or parent? I don’t have the answer to my quandary but I do have a very patient husband who models how I strive to be.
I think that the key is being willing to look at ourselves, warts and all, and not let ourselves be overwhelmed by our failings.
Patience is defined as….”the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” It’s also defined by the words “tolerance ” and “self-restraint “.
At the least, I know I can be more tolerant and accepting. I can pause, if that’s what it takes, and try not to react with impatience or anger. I want to love and respect myself even more than I want it from others.
Please share your thoughts and feedback!