Welcome to Week 36 of the 52 weeks to a better you journey.
Can you believe we are beginning week 36 of our journey? I hope that you have been noticing some changes toward a better you.
Since we live in an instant world, the value of patience has gotten lost in the mix. We do not like to wait. We don’t like lines. We go out of our way to have things be at our fingertips. From smart phones to microwaves. From cars to social media. Everything in our lives now seems to be geared toward cultivating impatience.
The problem with having so many things being available without having to wait is that we are losing our ability to be patient.
There are some things that can’t be rushed. Things that shouldn’t be rushed. Love, for example, takes time to grow to a healthy and mature level which is ultimately more fulfilling.
This week we are going to exercise patience.
How, you ask? Good question. Just by intentionally doing things that require patience. Stand in the longest line at the grocery store. Bake a cake from true scratch. Take your time going to work.
Patience is like a muscle. It needs to be exercsed.
Baby step for this week: Find ways to exercise your patience. Do things that will force you to be patient. Here are a few ideas to help you:
- Stand in the longest line at the store
- Drive in rush hour traffic without complaining
- Bake or cook something from scratch (don’t use a mix)
- Think before you respond to someone that makes you mad or is hurtful
- Watch a TV show or movie with commercials and actually sit through the whole thing (those of us who DVR and flip through will appreciate this)
- Slow down and look around – live in the moment
- Write a letter by hand and mail it using physical stamps and snail mail
- Have someone send you a letter through snail mail
What about you?
What can you do to exercise your patience?
As you get older, do you find yourself more or less patient?
Share your journey with us!