It's fine to want things to happen in a proper and timely way. But what if you need to hang in there for several years in your current job before you can move on to a better one, or you're stuck on hold listening to elevator music, going to the mailbox each day for a long-awaited letter, or trying to get a squirming toddler into a car seat? Now what?  Patience means handling delay, difficulty, or discomfort without getting aggravated. Circumstances are what they are, but patience protects you from their impact like a shock absorber."I think I have lots of good qualities, but being patient is not my strongest suit. However, life is forcing me to be a bit more patient than I like to be lately, and I actually  think I’m handling it pretty well. It’s interesting how sometimes life just teaches you the lessons you need to learn when you need to learn them.

I follow Kate Evans on Facebook and love her updates. She recently posted this jewel that really spoke to how I’ve been feeling lately:

“Impatience is dissatisfaction; it is resistance to the way it is. Patience senses a fundamental alrightness, the doorway to contentment. Impatience is angry; patience is peaceful. Impatience narrows down onto what’s wrong, while patience keeps you wide open to the big picture. Impatience can’t s tand unpleasant feelings; patience helps you tolerate physical and emotional discomfort. Impatience wants rewards now; patience helps you tolerate delayed gratification, which fosters increased success and sense of worth.

“Patience may seem like a superficial virtue, but actually it embodies a deep insight into the nature of things: they’re intertwining, messy, imperfectible, and usually not about you. Patience also contains a wonderful teaching about desire: wish for something, sure, but be at peace when you can’t have it. Patience knows you can’t make the river flow any faster….

It’s fine to want things to happen in a proper and timely way. But what if you need to hang in there for several years in your current job before you can move on to a better one, or you’re stuck on hold listening to elevator music, going to the mailbox each day for a long-awaited letter, or trying to get a squirming toddler into a car seat? Now what?

Patience means handling delay, difficulty, or discomfort without getting aggravated. Circumstances are what they are, but patience protects you from their impact like a shock absorber.”

– Rick Hanson

Everything is happening just as it should and just when it should. Truthfully, I don’t know why I can sometimes get so caught up in thoughts of the future because right this minute is pretty perfect, and it’s all I really have. I’m so okay with that.

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