She said she was approaching forty, and I couldn't help wondering from what direction.

~ Bob Hope ~

Patience In The Face Of It

August 5th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 28 secs

What does it take for you to blow your fuse?

What does it take for you to blow your fuse?

People don’t do patience so well anymore. Once, it was considered an essential virtue and, from the start, children were diligently trained to wait until it was their turn, to see what Santa brings, or what Aunty Margaret does.

Yet today forbearance isn’t high on the respect agenda. Some will even look down at you for exercising patience when they think you ought to jump und down and create a big stink. Because getting what you want when you want it is more important, isn’t it?

But what they don’t realize is that this seemingly passive act is serenely enduring. Those with good reason to wait have a fortitude that is undeterred by difficulty and surprisingly unruffled by delay.

Such tolerance of obstacles allows some to keep a calm countenance in the face of genuinely frustrating situations (as if they have some magic allowing them to pass through infuriating situations with nothing less than an air of serenity).

Now I ask you, when was the last time you saw someone demonstrate perseverance like that? Or, more to the point: when was the last time you did that?

Without doubt, life feels better when we apply fortitude to our repertoire of abilities. As an attitude it raises the bar in conflict situations, quelling tensions and soothing the anxiety of others who cannot help but feel its calming influence.

Thankfully, ideal conditions are not required to harness this remarkable quality (quite the opposite). Your average frazzling day offers all the right conditions to try patience out anytime you want to apply it. And, judging by some of the trying experiences you’ve no doubt had lately, a heaped portion of forbearance is certainly called for.

So why not exercise more of your own patience muscles today? Like all useful skills it takes time and focus to use them well. But becoming more composed in the face of everything life throws at you is enormously rewarding… and people will notice.

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