You have heard the phrase “patience is a virtue” so many times haven’t you? Patience is a powerful quality that everyone should have. It is however not easy and requires a lot of effort to practice. This can be attributed to today’s world of technology. This includes communicating through text, call or email, traveling from one continent through the air, warming food in the microwave within seconds, finding your match by swiping right on tinder etc.
This has brought about the rise of instant gratification. It is worth remembering that not everything can be solved by technology, including how others and life in general treats you. Frustrations are inevitable when life does not turn out to your expectations.
One expectation could be on oneself, where you set goals and targets for yourself. Most times things could go wrong and fail to run on your schedule. You could fail to get that date, lose that potential girlfriend, lose that business deal etc. It is necessary to be hard and tough on yourself. Patience, however, helps in being calm, learn lessons from failures and make improvements.
Interacting with other people could also test one’s patience as people are different and do not run on your schedule. The key to not getting frustrated is being understood and trying to get their point of view. Examples could be expecting an employee to meet a deadline, the line at the mall to take the shortest time or your spouse to remember to take out the trash.
Impatience never does any good as it can cause stress, panic, anxiety and a tone of other negative emotions. Patience is a powerful tool in helping you cope through the harshness and frustrations of life. It makes the waiting worth the while, maintaining good relations and celebrating every little milestone in life.