Have you ever left the house super early for a meeting, yet ended up running late because of inconsiderate drivers who caused traffic congestions because of yellow box violation? It’s so annoying, right? One time, I was driving home from work, I got caught in such kind of a traffic jam and it was noisy because of the blaring sounds of car horns, signalling these drivers to clear the intersection.
I tried my best not to open my car window and shout. I was even tempted to press down my car horn many times and join the orchestra as well!
To calm me down, I do my 4-7-8 breathing exercises. I take a deep breath in through my nose for 4 counts, hold my breath for 7, then breathe out through the mouth for 8 counts. It always helps when I am on the road!
We get so many opportunities to see how far our patience goes. Life just throws in some inconveniences like traffic jams, slow internet connection, choppy phone lines, and when someone is being mean towards us for no reason.
Why does it count to be a little patient? Here’s why:
1. ) It tells so much about our character
People can have a better view of us if we show them a little bit of patience. Being patient means allowing ourselves to grow and to carry ourselves with grace.
2. ) There is no need for any unnecessary fights
There are just some things we don’t need to make a big deal of. If we lose our patience quickly, we might end up straining our relationships with the people around us.
We should always choose our battles and stop letting unnecessary things consume our headspace. It will only disrupt our peace.
3. ) People have their inner struggles
We are reminded to be kind towards others because we don’t know what we are going through. Let us not drag them down more by lashing out at them.
Patience is a virtue. Being patient means being strong. To be strong as a mountain, one must not let themselves be swayed in a whirlwind of emotions. Let's do whatever it takes to avoid losing control — even doing a headstand perhaps.
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