All I can say is WOW. The response to my last post about easing in to being patient lets me know that I’m not alone in this.
Waiting is hard.
Especially in this instant gratification culture we live in.
We are inundated with quick fixes and promises of tried and true methods that will change our lives in 7 days or less!
We see famous women who have their “before baby bellies” back in a week after having their newborns. We see “perfect” lives displayed all over Facebook. We believe that our neighbors and our friends and the people we meet throughout the day have it all figured out.
Wanting it all RIGHT NOW starts the moment we have self-awareness as babies. Geez…do I know this living with 3 boys under the age of 8. Can anyone tell me why they give children suckers when they get their haircuts? I hope I never have to witness the kind of fit my toddler had the other day when he wanted a second sucker.
But I know I will experience another one. Because he’s just like me. We want MORE and we want it right now.
When will enough become…enough?
When will our lives – as they are – get our own stamp of approval?
When will we feel grateful for what we already do have?
When will we fully accept how our lives are right now, so that we can stop sucking the joy out of the present moment?
When will we recognize life for the gift that it really is?
Does being patient mean you have to give up on your dreams?
Does being patient mean you can’t change your life or don’t need to plan for the future?
Does being patient mean that you have to suck it up and suffer?
What good would that do?
Being patient is about letting go of the unnecessary pain so that we can live a more vibrant, fulfilling life.
So reflect on what IS working in your life right now.
Notice where you can grip less and where you can relax.
Are you pushing too hard?
Are you doing too much?
Do you have enough S P A C E in your life?
Do YOU believe in yourself and in your dreams?
Become more aware of where your lack of patience may be causing continuous feelings of stress, anxiety, frustration, overwhelm, depression or fear.
Breathing, smiling, softening and RELAXING into patience adds a feeling of peace within you. It’s a calm feeling that you can tap into – especially when you feel on the verge of freaking out.
TRUST that your life is unfolding in its own time.
Stop pushing and forcing and rushing the process.
Be gentle as you embrace the importance of being patient with yourself and with your life. And be kind to yourself when you do freak out – it happens to us all!
Enjoy taking some time this week to simply observe where being patient may be just the answer you’ve been looking for.