All my life, I have had a hard time with patience. If the truth be told, I do not have much if any patience. I find waiting very hard. Christmas, birthdays, upcoming events, vacations, anticipated gifts both to be received and given........... and the list goes on. As I have gotten older, I have become a bit better. Although Jack doesn't see it that way.
Waiting for a big talk with Jack when he is upset with me.......... that is hard too because I do not like wondering the final outcome! I want to get it over with now. When I was a kid, and my sister and I went to the dentist together, I always wanted to be the first one to go in to get it over with.
I just plain do not like waiting. Traffic drives me nuts, Long grocery store lines too. Nine months of pregnancy was hard, but harder still was waiting for Jack's return from deployments. When the safety of loved ones is in question, patience goes right out the window in my book.
The good part about waiting is good anticipation. That is something I can do much easier now, but it is still waiting and patience is required.
I have had plenty of practice waiting. No matter how much practice time I get, I still am awful at the waiting. Enter ttwd. One of the reasons Jack takes to ttwd so well is that he finds he has a handle of helping me with patience. He thinks I need to develop more.
A very close vanilla friend practices mindfulness. The art of being in the moment and only the moment has helped her sleep and repair her broken spirit. Blogging, emailing and texting cause lots of distractions for me. The adult attention span was nine seconds long, but has been revised to seven seconds. How do I fit patience into those numbers?
Where can I get the help I need? Maybe from my readers............. You often have the best ideas.
My readers offer real help.. How do you practice patience, the waiting? I feel like I am sharing a big topic here and want some discussion with you on the ways you practice patience. Please share.