If things are not going your way, you must learn to be patient. It’s important to see things and situations in a positive light to make your life less stressful. Patience is a virtue because it requires self-control. It requires you to have the insight to think about other people and their happiness. Patience helps remind you that you are not always in control and you can’t always have control, so have faith and replace anxiousness with prayer.
Prayer for Patience:
Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle in all the events of my life, in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of others, in the insincerity of those I trusted, in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied. Let me forget myself so that I may enjoy the happiness of others. Let me always hide my little pains and heartaches so that I may be the only one to suffer from them. Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes across my path. Let me so use it that it may mellow me, not harden or embitter me; that it may make me patient, not irritable; that it may make me broad in my forgiveness, not narrow or proud or overbearing. May no one be less good for having come within my influence; no one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble, for having been a fellow traveler with me on our journey towards eternal life. As I meet with one cross after another, let me whisper a word of love to You. May my life be lived in the supernatural, full of power for good, and strong in its purpose of sanctity. Amen.
When it comes to family, patience is necessary. It is a key part to the foundation of a happy childhood. All relationships need time and patience. When we are patient, we are a better person. We give ourselves time to choose how to respond to a situation, rather than getting emotionally out of control.
Patience is a Positive
If you have the tendency to rush around and try to hurry things up, want things done immediately and can’t wait for things to take their natural course, STOP. Take several deep breaths before you act or make a move. For example, if you’re in a long lineup at the grocery store or in heavy traffic, make the decision to pause and not get worked up. Do some isometrics, listen to the radio, or just enjoy the view. Getting impatient won’t make things move along any faster, so why get worked up for nothing?
If you are trying to bring more patience into your life, realize that none of us can control everything. Things happen. Things are going to happen that change our plans, don’t be surprised by them, actually expect them to occur, and allow extra time for changes that might occur.
One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life. ~ Chinese Proverb ~
Patience: A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue. ~Ambrose Bierce ~
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones ~
Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience. ~George-Louis de Buffon ~
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains. ~Dutch Proverb ~
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