“One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.” ~Chinese Proverb
Do you find yourself telling your children to constantly “hurry up”? Does your heart start beating a little faster when you hear your partner tell the same story yet again? Do you catch yourself peeking at the clock wondering how long your teacher is going to keep you in Savasana? Computer glitches, frustrating sales people, traffic jams, long lines and Chatty Kathys driving you up the wall? We get it. We live in a fast-paced world and are constantly on the go – from one thing to the next. Being efficient is one thing, but rushing or being impatient is another. There is difference!
Being impatient is similar to anger where the only person that is really affected is you. Impatience causes stress, raises blood pressure, affects relationships and increases the risk of poor decisions and errors. So, this weekend we challenge you to slow down and explore what is making you impatient. If you catch yourself in a situation where you are getting impatient, try and take the situation in stride – breathe deeply, count to ten and try to avoid a knee-jerk reaction. After a few calming breaths, you might even try to find amusement in the situation.