I know everyone always says patience is key, and I totally agree, however like most things it is easier said than done. I have never been patient, not to be bitchy or rude, but because of my previously mentioned fast paced lifestyle. My patience is always tested in my daily life, between me cussing out cars going below the speed limit, or me getting angry with someone, but it is something I am working on. Being impatient is negative energy, it only does you a disservice. If you lash out on someone, it says something about you, not them. I have never had tolerance for rude or stupid people, however I have been trying to acknowledge my frustrations, take a step back, and release the negative energy.
Imagine the crowd on the NYC subway, multiply it by 20, and there you have the Italian metro. Instead of getting worked up over the crowd, or the smell of the passengers, just accept that that's how it is and move on. Getting frustrated does you no good, because you cannot change it, it is just what is. Instead of getting impatient, just try to welcome and understand whatever it is or who it is that is bringing you these feelings. I am someone who wants things done how I'd like and when I'd like, however that's not realistic and this is not a perfect world. The sooner we learn to deal with our impatience the easier and more pleasant life will become.
It is easy to get angry and upset, and so often we as humans just like to take the easy way out. However the more difficult path is always the most rewarding. I'll admit it is super difficult. My automatic impulse while driving is to erupt into a fit of road rage at the person in front of me, or lash out at stupid or rude people, but it is something I am working on. Instead of beeping at the car in front of you, turn up the radio and sing along. Instead of yelling and disagreeing with someone who has a different opinion than you, recognize it, and stay silent. It will take some effort, but in the long run it will make you feel a lot better. Everyone is dealing with their own shit, so just have some patience and take it all step by step.
Yoga has helped me a lot with patience, but it is still a struggle. I find myself getting worked up and frustrated easily, but it is a work in progress. In yoga, patience is key. You cannot do every single pose right away, some take weeks, months, or even years to master, and that is perfectly acceptable. I have acknowledged the fact that headstand (a pose I really want to do) may take some time, and that if I am patient, someday I will be able to accomplish it. I realized, why can I not approach my life in the same way? Let life take it's course and accept everything how it is. Focus on yourself and don't let things or people irritate you or get in your way.
This trip has really been testing my patience, but it has also helped me realized the areas I can grow and work on. Though I have far from mastered it, my advice is to just let your impatience go and take a few deep breaths. Don't burden yourself with it because it is not worth it. Be free and accept life at face value. Anything that hinders you has no place in your life, and recognizing it is the first step in being able to let it go.
Are you impatient? How do you deal with it?
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