When we are impatient, we think that we are making things happen more quickly. We want what we want, and don’t want to wait.
And at that moment, we let our impatience hold up everything. By trying to control the world around us, we prevent its unfolding.
When we are patient, we are present and accepting of reality.
When we are impatient, we are no longer present and are resisting reality. Resistance brings tension in our minds and bodies, as well as stress into our lives and the world around us. It is our thinking that creates the more stress and anxiety.
Looking at impatience in this way, its clear that the cost is high.
Perhaps it is time to take up a Patience Practice. Things to consider: Choose the longest line at the grocery store or at the traffic lights; Contact a slower, more thorough colleague to support you at work; Let someone else drive; Listen fully when someone complains; Take a Yin Yoga class; Take the time to breath fully whenever an impatient thought appears; Search for a four leaved clover … and get lucky .