I have to tell you all that I’m really excited about life right now. The kind of excited where I can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning and see what the day has in store for me. I’m bursting at the seams in anticipation of all the wonders God has put forth and this has me thinking a lot about my late father. I can hear him, clear as day, saying to me “patience, my daughter, patience.” Oh, he knew me so well.
I’ll be the first to admit that patience isn’t always my strongest attribute and that’s what I want to talk about with you today. If life is waiting and we are excited, why on Earth do we need to be patient?
Let me start by explaining the two different types of impatience. The first type is fueled by excitement and one that, when you allow it, you can sit with an enjoy. This is the type I am right now. The second type is powered by fear and the need to be in control. It’s this second type that allows for the biggest opportunity for growth and healing. It’s this second type that I want to really hone in on today.
You see, impatience is an alarm system that tells you when something is out of line — be that your thoughts, your emotions, or your actions that are imbalanced. When this imbalance occurs, impatience is the symptom and it means it’s time to reframe how you are walking in your daily life. It means it’s time to have faith that God has the bigger picture in mind.
It’s important to practice patience because it brings you back to the present moment and removes the anxiety of both the past and the future. It’s a time to be grateful for all that you have instead of society’s message of always needing more, more, more. The gratitude calms the impatience and allows you to be really clear on your life goals and how to move into action.
Don’t get me wrong, impatience does have it’s benefits in that it typically arises in you as a way to protect you from something you fear. For that we can be grateful, but also know you don’t have to sit with that fear.
If you struggle with impatience, you are in the majority and I’m here to help you move passed it into a place of calm and gratitude. Contact me after you ask yourself this question “If I knew I was safe — would I be impatient?” and we’ll explore your answer together. It’s time to turn off the alarm of impatience and start living in the now. I simply can’t wait.