One minute of patience. Ten years of peace. (Greek Proverb)
When patience is being tested, remind yourself that you are merely uncomfortable. While waiting, there is typically little that can be done to speed time up.
However, there is a way to distract yourself by filling the time with something productive. Is there something you can read, listen to, practice, do, or notice when you are uncomfortable waiting?
- What about listening to an audio book, song or podcast?
- What about keeping a novel handy to read?
- What about practicing mediation?
- What about drinking an extra glass of water or a cup of tea?
- What about saving a newspaper or magazine to be read only during the waiting moments?
- What about having an on-going movie or series on your phone to be watched when you are frustrated?
- What about making a list?
- What about searching for or planning future vacations or activities?
- What about setting timer and cleaning something?
- What about doing a set number of push-ups or planks?
- What about learning a language or researching something?
- What about calling or texting someone you haven’t heard from in a while.
- What about writing a letter or a postcard to someone?
- What about looking through old photos to remember great moments?
Recognize What Impatience Looks Like For You
Recognize what it looks like for you when feelings of impatience are about to begin, and have a plan for what to do when you have frustrated energy that needs to be applied to something else.
Love is patient, love is kind. (1 Corinthians 13:4)