At times holding back our actions and our tongues are hard and challenging. During these times, it is important to remember who we are, who they are and what kind of outcome would we like to see. Self-discipline and patience are key to resolving challenging situations.
Many people, old and young alike, can try our patience; but, when we choose love, compassion and understanding, the outcome of the situation raises our level of energy to one that is more positive. Being love for each other is what Jesus would have us do because this honors the best spirits in everyone involved in those trying situations in our lives. We create a life with little regret when we can do this. Ultimately, the practice of patience creates a joyful existence for ourselves, as well as, for others.
This brings to mind one of my favorite Bible verses:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
Let us consider mentally stepping back from any situation, whether sitting in heavy traffic, in the office with a menacing co-worker or with your more petulant than usual loved ones at home; and, let us take at least ten seconds to breathe slowly, and tell ourselves that we are where we need to be; worry and other negative feelings is not going to change the situation; choosing love and joy will make us feel better and may make the situation better for others, too. Mentally rehearsing these statements in neutral/positive times will make it easier to put it into action during those negative times when you need them the most. Practicing patience truly is one of the most loving gifts we can give each other (and ourselves).
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