Choose Joy! Be patient with yourself.

Choose Joy! Be patient with yourself!

Imagine with me for a second: You have a list of ten very important things to do. Do you work as fast as possible to finish them or do you pace yourself and be patient so that each gets the right amount of attention?

I understand that patience has a place and a time. However, if you exercised patience in everything you did, imagine the benefits you’ll reap. There’ll be less mistakes, less errors, and more satisfaction in your work. Yes, patience requires that you put a little extra effort in what you’re doing. Isn’t that what a professor looks for when he gives extra credit to his/her students, a little extra effort?

Why don’t we put a little more effort in doing things for ourselves? I’ve found and seen that we are always in such a hurry to get to the next thing on our list, instead of being patient with ourselves.

As with most things in life, the faster you do something, the more risks there are for things to go wrong. When things go wrong, our attitudes and tempers change and those that love and care for us are on the receiving end of it all. Ephraim Chambers once wrote, “Everyone’s own temper is in a great measure the cause of his/her happiness or misery.”

No one wants to be miserable. We want happiness for ourselves and those we love and care for. Let’s all be patient with ourselves. The world will be a happier place for it.

Are you willing to be patient and have greater joy when the exact thing you waited on came to pass?

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