Patience Please – There Is No Reason to Hurry!

As briefly mentioned in my post ‘Trimming Grass With Scissors’ this topic is one of several constant themes in my blogging; Patience. Some days I have patience and most days, not so much.

Wikipedia has the following definition –

Patience (or forbearing) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on negative annoyance/anger; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.

Upon reading and trying to understand this definition, I am not so sure if patience is what I need more of. I think patience may be a product of something else within me; it may be stress or my feeling of being in a hurry. I recently read an article describing ‘Hurry Sickness’. Interesting to me because I never considered being in a hurry as a sickness. But on second thought we seem to have a sickness for anything we overdo in our lives. This article indicates we seem to be programmed to think, act, decide, move – just rush everything without really having a reason.

This particular article listed the following 10 signs of ‘Hurry Sickness’:

  1. You are in a constant state of rush and worry
  2. You feel like everything in life is urgent
  3. You live by your watch
  4. You walk fast and rushed
  5. You often drive fast or over the speed limit
  6. You talk and think too fast
  7. You are constantly multi-tasking
  8. You finish your meal as fast as you can
  9. You don’t like waiting in line or in traffic
  10. You can’t relax or take a break

Light bulb comes on in my head – this is why I have no patience – this makes perfect sense!

I experienced at some point in my life every sign on this ‘Hurry Sickness’ list; I have eliminated some signs and no longer feel or experience today. Others I still choose to own and use daily which I believe is causing me to be impatient. What relieve to know the origin of my lack of patience! Starting today I am going to work on not being in a hurry so I can get over my ‘Hurry Sickness’ and have more patience. I will slow down my walking and not be in a rush, I will slow down my driving speed, I will stop trying to multi-task, I will slow down my eating and I will not complain when in traffic.

I will make a conscience effort on a daily basis to slow down. There Is No Reason to Hurry – Patience Please!

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