Patience - May 2021
Updated: May 31
Patience is a lot about trusting the process.
Being under lockdown due to COVID-19 taught many of us the value of patience, the ability to endure difficult circumstances.
Patience may also involve perseverance in the face of delay; tolerance of provocation without responding in disrespect/anger; or forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties.
It is not easy to become Patient overnight.
Two of the most effective methods are to take deep breaths or count to 10 when you first start to lose your patience.
Take a deep breath, and breathe out slowly. Then take another. And another. These three breaths will often do the trick, as your frustration will slowly melt away.
When you feel yourself getting frustrated or angry, stop. Count slowly to 10. When you’re done, most of the initial impulse to yell or do something out of frustration will go away.
Patient people tend to experience less depression and negative emotions, because they can cope better with upsetting or stressful situations.
A recent study has also found that those who are more patient toward others tend to be more hopeful and more satisfied with their lives.
As another month draws to a close, so does our reflection on the value Patience.
Its short and long term benefits are undeniable.
As life coach Kushil Gunasekera aptly puts: "Patience makes us win battles that we think are hard to overcome".