Be Patient With Yourself

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” ~Aristotle …

Now is a good time to reflect upon our patience as the new year progresses. With the new year already fast on-going, most likely we are thinking about goals and things we’ve resolved to accomplish this year, as well as reflecting on our accomplishments and shortcomings of the past year. Often times, however, there seems to be a sense of urgency to achieve our New Year’s resolutions and to make the changes in our lives that we wish to see. We must remember though, that no one changes in a day… it often takes a lifetime.

If we wish to partake in the “sweet fruits” of our labor, as Aristotle puts it, we must patiently endure the time it takes to season, grow, and flourish. In all honesty, nearly every meaningful change I have made in my life that has had lasting value has taken time. And although I have not always been as patient as I know I should have been, I have slowly come to understand the important roles that patience plays in my life.

This new year, be patient with yourself. Nurture your plans and desires. Lay the foundation and groundwork upon which you will build. Take each step in stride and put your trust within. Remain committed and focused. You will not be a completely different person next day. But if you make a resolution to begin the process of change, and adhere to it with patience and diligence, you will find that positive change will happen.

Take a moment to think about the changes that have occurred in your life.

Questions to consider:

What are some of the changes you would like to make in your life? Do they have to happen by tomorrow?

What are some of the processes you will need to go through to make those changes?

How can you start the processes necessary to begin on your journey?

For further thought:

“Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” ~Unknown

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