Margaret Thatcher once said “I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end”.
I have to admit that waiting patiently is not one of my virtues. I hate waiting although with today’s technology it is easier to wait because you can entertain yourself chatting or playing a game on your phone. But when the wait is days and not hours there is not a phone or chat that can help keep you calm while you wait. What keeps me calm, is knowing, like Thatcher that in the end I will get what I want.
We live in a world of instant gratification. If you want something you order it online and pay for it to arrive quickly. Everything has a quick solution. What do you do when waiting is beyond your control?
According to Anderson and Rainie, Millenials will have even less patience and need everything fast. We must teach our children to be patient because imagine a society where no one has patience … that’s truly worrisome.
In addition, people who have patience worry less, age better and suffer less from diseases caused by stress.
I want to share some of the things I’m doing while I wait patiently for a health procedure with out going into despair. One of the tricks to keeping yourself patient is to keep yourself busy.
- 1) I hired a lady who gives me incredible massage and that helps me to relax for hours
- 2) I think about the results I will have after the waiting period is over
- 3) I think about what I’m going to avoid in the future by waiting now
- 4) I am calling people who I normally do not have time to call
- 5) I’m doing a course online
- 6) I watch funny videos on YouTube
- 7) I write (I am now struggling with impatience)
When Margaret Thatcher said, “I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end”. She was actually thinking about the results and that is what kept her calm, focused, and going.
Even in the Bible in Hebrews it speaks of the importance of patience: “And let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” The Bible does not speak about being inactive. I have never seen anyone running that is inactive and it says run with patience. The idea is not to stay home watching television it’s to be patient with an objective in mind.
Patience is not easy but if practiced it can be acquired and if you practice patience with an objective you can become dangerous. A woman with patience is a powerful woman!
I’m practicing being patient now. If you have any ideas that can help me with this challenge … write to me I need as many ideas as possible!