The Art of Patience and Compassion: 3 Mistakes I Keep Making and 5 Ways I Continue to Try to Master Them
With everyone still mostly cooped up due to the pandemic, I’m seeing more and more people frustrated from feeling trapped indoors. In fact, right here in my own home, after almost a year of staying home, I find myself truly longing to escape to a solo retreat somewhere. It’s not that I don’t love my roommate (who also happens to be my mother). It’s just- the truth is, living with and caring for family members, especially elderly loved ones, requires an enormous amount of patience and compassion, and sharing spaces all day these days just seems to exacerbate this situation.
Early in my life, when I faced different trials, I would think “I’m being tested here. My patience is being tested, and I’m supposed to learn from this. At least I’m building my patience level.” The thing is- I know I learn and grow from trials, but I’m not sure I can ever truly achieve consistent patience. At the core of my being, I’m an impatient person. It’s just who I am, and after all these years of “being tested”, I’m still as impatient as I was when I first thought “I’m being tested.” I have, however, discovered ways to proactively practice patience and compassion (because I think these two go hand-in-hand), especially when dealing with the elderly.
Here are a few ways I admit to losing my patience with my mother:
Here are five ways I consciously attempt to master patience:
How about you? How do you attempt to master patience?
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