Today we live in a world that patience it getting harder and harder to find. For instance, with the almost instant access to the Internet via our smartphones, tablets, and computers, we have full access to a plethora of data. We are inundated with information and videos within the matter of seconds. Many people’s attention spans have diminished greatly due these advances in technology. We also live in an era were more and more of our children do not have the patience to be creative or harness a new talent because they are so enmeshed with video games, T.V., and social media. How will this affect the future of our society? What is the importance of allowing time to pass without needing to know what will take place, who we will meet, or how it will turn out? Wayne Dyer would tell you that learning patience is a very important trait that one should learn if they would like to live a life with less stress. He proclaims that, “Impatience breeds fear, stress, and discouragement. Patience manifests in confidence, decisiveness, and a feeling of peaceful satisfaction” (p. 13). So the moral is that patience helps one to live a life that in generally happier and peaceful.
Patience is a virtue that I have continued to struggle with at various times of my life. At times I can be very demanding and wanting to see instant results regarding customer service or the newest information. Although, in some instances I come to understand that letting things be is sometimes the best method to live by. For years I thought of myself as not having very much patience, yet since becoming a therapist and working with children, I have been told countless times that I am very patience. I can’t tell you the exact time that I learned the importance of letting things happen in the nature state and that being impatient only causes a great deal of negative emotions. That is not to say that I don’t have my days just like everyone else. I think what is important is that we realize how impatience only makes matters worst no matter the circumstance. I leave you with the mantra that Alcoholic Anonymous uses as a way to teach them patience.
The AA Prayer of Serenity
God, give us grace to accept with serenity
The things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Happy Holidays to you all,
Rebecca Hunt, MS
AA and The Alcoholic Anonymous Serenity Prayer. (n.d.). Retrieved December 24, 2014, from http://addictionrehabnow.com/aa-alcoholic-anonymous-serenity-prayer/
Dyer, W. (2002). Wisdom of the ages: A modern master brings eternal truths into everyday life. New York: Quill