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December 9, 2016

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!



3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2016 4:07 pm

    Dear Amy it’s been a while i do not comment in your blog , i have been having , let’s say a sad mood , feeling out of place , though i keep it ti nyself , my two daughters whom i live close , and grandchildren might only detect it look into mif they y face , i have lost weight , lost hair , and my laughter is scares . I believe that loosing my husband and having to move to a small apartment that does not have the sun peeking in sometimes takes hold of me . Now i do Praise God for He stays with me holding my hand , and comfort comes mostly in holding my youngest 1year old great granson in my arms . Thank you for being so honest about your patience , but God uses those moments and brings you to these pages and we meditate and analyse ourselves , and it is good . Sending you my love . Ursula

    • December 9, 2016 4:57 pm

      Oh Ursula, we have not been in touch for a long time and I did not know about your husband passing. I am so sorry. Are you still painting? You brought so much light to so many with your art. I wish for you to feel that light now at this time in your life when you are struggling and feeling alone. Thank you so much for writing and connecting and bringing me close to you once again. Sending you love, as well.

  2. Vicki Hamer permalink
    December 10, 2016 12:00 pm

    Thank you, Amy! I could swear you are talking about me! I, too, am trying to be a more patient person. I know that impatience is so hurtful, and I am trying to be a kinder person all the way around.

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