‘Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.’
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519)
To practice patience is a hard task, and I think that many with me will agree on that. I for one, is putting my hand up saying that I have a very hard time practicing being patient. If you really want something, and when you know that you have to wait, that is like a sweet torture. And how many have been on a road trip with your children, and it’s a place they really looking forward going to, they are sitting in the back seat saying in chorus: ‘Are we there yet?!?!’ How do you tell a child to be patient? That is close to impossible. But instead we are saying: ‘We will be there soon’. And then five minutes later the question comes again: ‘Are we there yet?!?!?’ This can go on to what seems like an eternity, but as I say it is very hard to practice on being patient.
There are so many occasions in our daily life where we really need to be patient, and some days it’s easier than other days. For example we need to be patient with people that we are working with on a daily basis. Especially if they are having difficulties to understand a certain task or process, and you find yourself explaining to them over and over, and still they keep doing the same mistake over again. What do you say in those situations? Sometimes you may feel like just screaming ‘Don’t you understand what I am trying to tell you???‘ But we cannot really do that, can we? So, that is one occasion when we need to practice our patience.
Some say that patience is a virtue! But sometimes I do really wonder…! After spending a day in a noisy environment at the office, I am sitting at my work place, at one end I hear somebody talking loudly in the phone with a customer, while another person on the other side of the office is talking to another customer in a different language, also very loud. And there I am, trying to do some work when in fact I am not able to concentrate because of the noise and disturbance. This is one reason why I am not a fan of open floor plans in an office. To work in a multi-lingual company takes a great deal of patience, all cultures and people are just different. And some days works better than others. Some days I feel completely drained and is ready to hang up the ‘out of service’ sign! How many of you have felt this way? I think there are a few with me, that have felt this way at some extent in their lives. These are only a few examples, there are many other situations when patience is needed. Sitting in a traffic jam, walking on a busy street in the city, standing in a long queue at a check out till in a store, the list goes on and on….!
Well, as I said, it is not an easy task – but one shall not give up! To be patient is hard, and we need to belive that things sometimes will have its course, because we cannot force things to happen or be in a certain way. We simply need to sit back and be patient and wait, even though you might feel that you want to scream out loud, or even pull your hair.
Whenever I find myself out of sync, and to kick myself back on track, patiently waiting…I usually take a time-out and focus inwards, which sometimes is not easy to do. To meditate is a great thing, or even listening to something that inspires you. I have a good audio program, ‘The Inner Wisdom’ by Dr Wayne Dyer that I listen to. It almost always kicks me back on track if I have had a time of challenges or something that disturbs my inner peace. Sometimes being a calm person by nature, does not mean you’re always calm on the inside, even though my ‘aura’ might say something different. But suppose I am quite patient when it comes to certain things, and less patient when it comes to other things. Well, I will end here at this note, patiently waiting for something else that will inspire me to write.
~ Eva’s Chronicles ~