Oh the Pause…
One thing I have been working on lately is to try & remember to pause, just for a couple of beats, before answering a question. Humans are in such a frenzied pace these days… we rush rush rush everywhere. The fast-paced, technologically advancing world we live in leaves us in a whirl-wind of activity. So if you’re like me, you rush to answer, rush to speak.
The problem with this? Sometimes what comes out of our mouth may not be exactly what we intended. What can come out when we are in too much of a hurry to speak?
Here’s a quote from Brian Adams:
Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.
Did you catch those words attached to impatience? Fear, anxiety, discouragement & failure…
Yet patience (especially in our responses to others) breeds confidence, decisiveness, & a rational outlook… & thusly, success. 🙂
We have long forgotten the proverb: “Patience is a virtue.”
Virtue, according to dictionary.com, means moral excellence, goodness, righteousness.
Sounds like something that might be helpful to have! 😉 And, as our quoted author above states, patience can in fact be an ART. So begin to play with this concept in your mind. Start taking a quick moment to think through your answer before you begin. What’s sad is that people might think others a little “slow” when practicing this art… when in fact, they are far more WISE than others may suspect.
I’m going to really work on this. Will you join me?
“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” -Edmund Burke
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