Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.
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Patience. We all have it, yet we all want more of it. Sometimes we totally lose it, and other times we seem to be totally at peace with the amount of patience that we possess at a given time.
According to Wikipedia:
“Patience (or forbearing) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on negative annoyance/anger; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.”
I don’t know about you, but I am not a patient person. Wait… I meant to say that I am much better than I used to be at dealing with patience, so maybe I should say that I can be a patient person. Like now, because I have to be. Having patience is the adult thing to do, right?
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I knew selling our house would be a chore. I just don’t want it to take forever. I don’t like the circumstances of having to wait, although I can accept that I have no choice in the matter. That is how patience works. I have to shelve my impatience at how life is right now. I could throw a fit, but in the end, what good would that really do? It would not change anything and the facts would still remain.
Am I weak because I feel impatience at the lack of home buyers at this moment? No, not at all. This is a situation that is beyond my control. I recognize my irritation and then I move on. This is where my mindfulness practice comes in. When I am present in the moment I can see things for what they truly are. That simple act of recognition becomes patience.
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I think that when I allow myself to become impatient I have opened the door to negativity. Whenever this happens, (and it does from time to time) I follow the Barney Fife Rule of Negative Reactions – “Nip it in the bud!”
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Impatience gets you nowhere, except to feel the negative drain of your emotions. If you let it, the negativity and impatience overpowers your thoughts and makes you irrational. I know because I had to learn that lesson. It was a hard one, but eventually I got it.
Patience is not just the ability to wait; it is the ability to maintain a good attitude through your wait, no matter what it is you are waiting for.
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How about you? Are you a patient person?
This week (and always) I am going to be more mindful about my attitude of patience. I am going to breathe deeply and let go of the negativity that threatens to drag me down. I am going to be grateful for where I am in my life and thankful for the love of a good man, a fabulous family, and two of the best little red Pomeranians there ever were. I am going to just let it be!
Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.
Remember, this is not a challenge. This is an offering of support. If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making. If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary. My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.
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Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed seeing you all! I wish much peace and joy for you all this week!