Since we were kids, we’ve been told we need to have patience. Patience when learning how to tie our shoes, patience when learning how to ride a bike, patience in waiting to get our license, and patience in turning another year older so we can do all the things grown-ups do.
But life is different than it was even two decades ago, and there are many things we don’t have to wait for. We no longer have to patiently watch ads that interrupt our TV shows, or wait weeks by the mailbox for something to arrive. We can download almost anything on-demand and get almost anything delivered to our doorstep in 24 hours.
All of this instant-ness is wonderful and makes life easier, but, on the flip side, it’s making it harder for us to have patience with ourselves. In this world of instant gratification, too many of us are lacking patience for reaching our goals, learning new things, or dealing with something out of our control.
As a result, we’re becoming harder on ourselves. That’s why now more than ever, it’s important to slow it down and be realistic with yourself and not only accept, but appreciate the process. We have to celebrate the small steps and wins, and not get deterred or give up when something takes longer than we’d like it to.
Practice patience with yourself, and with life to deliver. Try to appreciate the process of growing, learning and changing. Trite but true, good things take time and there really is joy in a journey.
Emily and the EveryDay Happy Team
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Quote du jour
“Patience is not simply the ability to wait — it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” — Joyce Meyer
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