So, how is your patience level these days? Feeling a little stressed? Maybe you’re snapping at your spouse, and wondering why? If you answer yes to these questions, then join my club! Yes, my patience level needs some work. Impatience, in a time of crisis, is normal, especially when dealing with the unknown increases your stress. Yet, maintaining patience, in a time of crisis, can serve you well.
The first thing that you need to do is to determine what increases your stress level, thus, decreasing your patience. Lately, for me, my stress level increases every time I hear Donald Trump’s lies and/or misinformation coming out of his mouth. This makes me lose my patience, and I take it out on my husband. So, for me, maintaining patience means that I turn the TV off. Or, I find something else to watch. I found this works well, because I can get the information I need from other sources, like my local government, scientists, doctors, etc.
Secondly, patience takes some practice. It doesn’t magically work for you without some effort. So, don’t beat yourself up if you slip back into impatience. Just recognize where you are at, and move forward. When I hear the “snippets” on the news where Donald Trump discounts science, preferring his overwhelming desire to place the economy over human lives, I admit I slip back into impatience. I recognize it for what it is, and move forward. I no longer let his ignorance and greed negatively impact me. And that is a good thing.
So, what causes you to be impatient? Answering that question goes a long way toward mastering the virtue of patience. Until you know what triggers your impatience, you remain a prisoner of it. Search your heart for the truth, and let the Holy Spirit guide you and grace you with the virtue of patience.
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