How To Be Patient

Patience is the companion of wisdom. –Saint Augustine

Some people never really master the art of being patient, and at times, all of us struggle with being patient. Sometimes a certain situation or a certain person just pushes our buttons, making it much more difficult for us to remain patient. Once you lose your patience, things tend to go badly. It becomes harder to concentrate, and it becomes harder to be polite and civil to other people. If you are working on a project of some kind, and you lose your patience, you will often find that you must leave your work until you have regained your composure.

Learning to be patient takes time, and somewhat paradoxically, it takes patience to learn to be patient. Patience is acquired as you acquire wisdom, and wisdom is the child of experience. No one is born wise, just as no one is born patient. As you learn and grow and experience things in your life, you will become wiser. When you are a wise person you know how to react in certain situations. You also know how to interact with many different kinds of people.

For example, you start your first job in a big office, and you do not really know how to work with a large group of people in a professional setting. This is not unusual as you have never had the experience of working in an office before. At first it might be difficult to understand your job or the complexities of office politics, and this can be very frustrating. You might even lose patience with yourself, but over time you will learn, and with this new found wisdom, you will be able to interact with more confidence and patience.

At first, it might be disconcerting is someone at work disagrees with you. It might make you become flustered or you might even be overruled simply because the other person has been with the company longer. However, with experience, you will learn how to craft your arguments so that you present your opinions clearly and succinctly. With experience, you will less likely become frustrated when presented with such a situation. The wisdom you gain from experience helps to give you the patience that you need when dealing with someone who does not agree with you. Some corporate environments can be particularly aggressive, and the more patience that you have, the better you will cope in such an environment. Time brings the patience that will help you to excel.

Though it might be difficult, you should strive to be patient in your life. It helps you in nearly all situations. You must keep in mind that patience will come with experience and wisdom. Though it will take time, most people eventually learn to be more patient than they were when they were young. You will have to work at it though, and patience will not just come by itself. Age does not always mean that someone is wise, and wisdom does not always mean that someone is patient, though the two often go hand in hand. So what will you do to become more patient?

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Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

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