I’m Learning How to Be Patient–What Are You Learning?

All things come to those who wait. English poet Lady Mary Montgomerie Currie (1843-1905)

As I contemplate what learning can come out of our current pandemic experience, patience tops the list for me. (Appropriate for December since Christians are in the midst of Advent—a time of preparation and waiting for the birth of the Savior. )

I’m not known for my patience. I’m a “get it done now” kind of person so this lesson in patience is a difficult one. Like many of you, my life has been turned completely upside down. I’m waiting for the day (after enough of us are vaccinated for COVID) when I can safely resume my life—visit my family, spend time with my friends, take trips, go out to dinner or to a movie—and all the other things I’ve put on hold in the interest of my safety and the safety of others.

Reframing this time from being a “scourge on my life” to being “a time of learning” helps me endure the wait. Now if I can move from the state of  “endure” to “thrive in” I’ll be making progress. I’m working on it.

Affirmation: I’m cultivating patience.

Coaching questions: What is this “season of life” teaching you? What steps are you taking to move from enduring to thriving (I really want to know!)? How have you handled waiting in the past? 

Photo by Joshua Rawson-Harris on Unsplash

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