Vignettes in Aging – Patience

When you haven’t gotten a reply to the e-mail you sent an hour ago, do you think about calling the person because you want an answer to your question right now?

When the person in front of you at the check-out counter has 18 items instead of the maximum of 15 allowed, do you huff and puff because they’re slowing you down?

When the freeway you’re on turns into a parking lot, do you cut in and out of the lanes trying to get ahead of others?

We live in an instant world. The luxury of thinking things over or taking time to come to a decision via processing is diminishing. If you take too much time, you’re an oldster, an outdated curmudgeon who is not able to see the presence of those around you. You’re viewed as self-centered and ego-centric, without consideration of others.

Only through patience can one truly allow all the senses to drink in and digest that which surrounds us, the tastes, the sights and the sounds, whether we live in the heart of a bustling city or the quiet calm of the countryside.

We are exposed to the glory of the universe every day.  Let the abundance of the goodness around you slowly wash over your senses rather than just being slapped rudely by them and then shuffling off to the next thing. Luxuriate and savor and, ideally, share these feelings with others.

Be a trend setter who takes the time to appreciate all that your glorious life brings.

Slow down and practice thinking before you speak. Listen to others; really listen to what they’re saying and feeling. Almost all the time people would rather you listen than speak. That requires poise and self-control.

The gift of your patience is priceless.