“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.”
I know that I've talked about this before in a earlier post, but in my life patience can get really challenging at times. When my mom is out of town, I end up having to take control of what's going on that day, which includes giving my dad his medicines, reminding him multiple times what he has planned, and making sure there's rides for everyone. It can get very frustrating and it doesn't make it better when I show my frustration and get angry or have attitude. I sometimes tend to put too much pressure on myself to be the best person I can at every moment and to not make any mistakes. I need to remember that there's a difference between trying your hardest and being perfect. Being perfect is impossible to grasp and so sometimes I need to give myself some credit for at least trying and I need to remind myself that it is okay to lose your patience and get angry sometimes. Everyone is allowed to feel whatever they are feeling- there's no way to control it. Of course one shouldn't act on their feelings every single time because that's not good, but allow yourself some leeway to get angry or get frustrated-- it's okay to not be perfect. Those who love you will forgive you and understand. In my life specifically, my dad may not truly understand why it is so frustrating sometimes because he doesn't know that I'm repeating what I said five minutes before. As long as I change my attitude and apologize, though, he gets over it. Of course I'm going to try to keep my patience, but that's all I can do. As long as I take one moment at a time and go into it with refreshed patience, right there I'm doing my best. That can apply to any obstacle in one's life. Never expect yourself to be perfect and handle everything right every single time- you're bound to just get discouraged and angry at yourself. Take one day, one second, at a time and you'll get through anything.