Patience is power

Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way. -Fulton J. Sheen

Our society today is living in a constant state of rushing. We are working overtime trying to balance careers, family life, and fulfill expectations. Long lines and traffic jams then become the most infuriating thing in our lives. While we race along, there seems to be nothing worse than someone else slowing us down and getting in our way.

We become impatient lashing out at whoever is closest, like the clerk behind the counter who seems to be moving too slowly or even our own kids. Is this a productive solution- did it solve anything? Does it make you feel better? Usually the answer is no and we often feel pretty terrible for losing our patience. So, learning the practice of patience is the key to getting things done and being happy.

Learning patience will help you maintain your composure and enable you to think clearly. Here are some techniques to help you be a more patient person:

  • Burn off stress and excess energy by exercising every day.
  • Find a breathing technique that relaxes you. Practice it when you feel frustrated.
  • Amuse yourself while you wait by thinking up how you will humorously tell this story to your friends.
  • Be careful not to over-book yourself. Schedule room for error and delay. If things occur that are out of your control, remind yourself that you have done all that you can. Accepting the situation reduces the stress you endure.
  • When working with others, take the time to calmly find solutions to the problem. Try to find compassion for the other person. You will get a positive response and respect.

As the quote above by Fulton J. Sheen says, “Patience is power.” It takes a much stronger person to stay calm and think clearly than one who is screaming at everyone. Stay calm and feel your quiet power.