“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” — Saint Augustine
These days, everything is instant.
But “instant” living gives way to impatience.
Time is money so says people in the big cities.
Because everything is instant, we are so much more likely to be impatient in many aspects (if not every aspect) of our lives. Slight delays in travel feel like a world of inconvenience.
In other countries passengers to get cash back if train is two minutes late.
When your order is 10 minutes late at McDonalds, you are entitled to your money back.
Road rage is the result of the lack for patience.
The number one cause of road fatalities is speed, because we are busy and always rushing.
Today people want ready-made life partners, we don’t have time to wait crafting and cultivating.
Entrepreneurs start a business today and expect to be millioneers next year.
People don’t have time to read articles, they look at an article and if it looks long, they don’t read it, they rather scan it.
Time is important, and I always make sure that I’m always on time, especially now that I’m running an academy, time is critically important. Respect for time in life is critical to me.
But the respect for time doesn’t mean we need to rush all the time.
Having patience doesn’t mean settling for mediocrity or tolerating unworthy things.
Having patience doesn’t mean sitting down and doing nothing while waiting.
As Joyce Meyer says:
“Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”
In today’s world of ‘instant everything’, technological advancements have allowed us to obtain, experience, and consume practically anything we want, almost immediately. We hardly have to be patient anymore.
The tragedy of modern, instantaneous living is how important patience is, and how difficult it is to develop patience as a result.
And, even in an “instant world,” patience remains so important.
As Saint Augustine said, patience is the companion to wisdom.
Practicing, developing, and nurturing patience is a cornerstone to happiness and living a calmer, well-rounded life.
Patience provides us with a great feeling of inner balance and strength, it provides us with a strong sense of mental-emotional endurance, helps us better focus upon our goals and priorities in life, and so much more.
Practicing patience is critical to our happiness.
“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” — Malcolm Gladwell
Practice is the essence of genius.
With this in mind, here are 7 unconventional ways to practice and become more patient.
1. Read, Read, Read
Reading requires patience.
Although I’m a writer, I’m not a very fast reader. One unconventional way to develop patience is to read more.
If you don’t have time to read for hours at a time, read a book at a pace of a handful of pages, even sporadically over several weeks.
No matter how long it takes you to finish the book, enduring the time it takes to complete reading will help you achieve a greater sense of patience.
2. Shift Your Perspective
Impatience is often rooted in a difference of perspective.
Think about it: whatever we see in life is from a limited perspective, through our own eyes, processed by our brain, interpreted by our judgment, through our influenced by our culture, values, society, and so much more.
3. Grow Plants
I think the reason why most people [especially young people] are not interested in farming is because you need a lot of patience to be a farmer.
If you really want to be more patient, purchase some seedlings, learn about their growing patterns and try to maintain them.
With gardening, you learn that patience is the key to success.
4. Cook More (and, From Scratch!)
If receiving your order of food or a coffee from a fast-food establishment exceeds two minutes, the order is considered too slow.
To become more patient (and to live healthier!), avoid fast-food altogether:
Cook for yourself more often and cook from scratch.
I was listening to a radio show about a cooking company called Slow-Food. Apparently Slow-Food came about when a group of Italians were unhappy when McDonalds opened in the neighbourhood and they responded by saying, since there is surge of fast-food restaurants, they will open slow-food in response. Theirs is that good food is cooked slowly.
Cooking from scratch requires great patience and practice: the more you cook, the more patience you need.
Cooking nurtures a greater sense of patience, provides a great sense of personal achievement and helps you learn an important skill-set that is sure to impress family and friends whom you care about.
5. Do More Creative Work
Self-expression is not only its own version of creative therapy, but the likes of painting, sculpting, web design and other creative outlets require and help develop greater perseverance.
Creative self-expression can be frustrated when ideas don’t “click,” but through patience, the ideas will inevitably connect if you are patient enough to express them in physical form.
6. Improvise Adventure; Explore New Areas in New Ways
Take a walk around the neighborhood. Take a walk in town, get lost, feel turned around or lonely or out of place.
But what I realised is that I would always find my way back home, so long as I remained patient, balanced and focused.
Exploring areas you are unfamiliar with can help you foster a greater sense of patience.
7. Improvise Your Schedule
Keeping a schedule can help keep track of your tasks and obligations, and ultimately help your workload and efficiency.
Every now and again, try mixing things up by improvising your schedule.
Do something on a whim, travel without an itinerary, make plans on the fly. As with exploration in point #6 above, things won’t always work out and will certainly test your sense of patience.
However, when you endure and stay focused, the reward is incredibly satisfying and you recognise how valuable the gift of patience is and that it is much easier than you had believed.
PS: Congratulations for having the patience to read the entire blog article. Some people didn’t even get half-way.