Is patience underrated?
I believe it is.
We’ve all had experiences of things we don’t like, and it’s inevitable that there will be plenty more non-ideal scenarios ahead for us in our lifetimes.
What I’ve become fascinated with is how we handle these experiences that are less than ideal. As one of my mentors says, I’ve decided to have this ‘how I handle it’ phenomenon become my magnificent obsession.
This may sound like an interesting choice of project to pick – given that there are plenty more that might seem more appealing, however, this one has the potential to transform my life.
Having been someone who’s had a tendency in the past to get my knickers in a twist about things that I don’t like, finding a way to simply let things go, to let tension I might feel be like ‘water off a duck’s back’ is giving me my life back.
Can you relate?
So what actually works? The classic count to 10 first is a classic for good reason (when we actually do it!), and having discovered the extraordinary Michael Singer back in 2017 with his ‘Untethered soul’ and ‘The Surrender Experiment’ books, letting go of baggage has gone to a whole new level for me.
Putting it into practice
Chris and I chose to take on the concepts in both of those books when we decided to go travelling back in 2014 – and off we went for 5 and a half years.
Whilst it’s a constant work in progress (what isn’t that’s worth having?), the pay off’s have been immense – everything from a quieting-down of that nagging inner voice, to a sense of inner (and outer) peace, making wiser decisions, and simply not getting so stewed up about stuff.1
Another unexpected win is in being a kinder person to myself and others. This of course can lead to relishing long-term relationships that are both real and life-affirming.
For me, it feels like I’m becoming a more experienced (in a good way!) life-gardener.
So what’s your take on patience?
Do you value it – practice it – benefit from it?
Til I see you on this week’s #aLivewithFi have a fab one 🙂
¹ Patience pays off in multiple ways –
5 Lifechanging Benefits of Being Patient (Proven by Studies)
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.