We’re in a hurry. There’s too much to do and too many places to be. We’re overworked, under nourished, and exhausted from trying to get it all done. We try to push on, while pushing everyone and everything out of our way. This is the precise time of year to learn the meaning and value of patience.
Irish statesman Edmund Burke said, “Our patience will achieve more than our force.” How true. No matter how impatient we may be, it won’t force the grocery clerk ring us up more quickly. It won’t make the car in front of us get out of our way or our children stop fighting in the back seat.
So if impatience won’t make any of that happen, what have we got to lose by being more patient? Our breathing will slow. Our hearts will beat more calmly. And we might just see things we would otherwise have missed.