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LEARN THE ART OF PATIENCE
When it comes to what's worth getting impatient about, it pays to put things in perspective. Being held up in traffic is seldom as serious as not getting the job you've been waiting for. It helps to ask yourself, "What's the worst thing that will happen?" If your answer is along the lines of missing the opening credits of a movie or the start of a ball game, you can calm down. Will you even remember next week that you were ten minutes late today? Practicing perspective could easy our impatience.
Keeping a sense of humor also pays great dividends. When things start to go haywire, conjure up a humorous way to tell your family and friends later and share a good laugh about it. Once when our family was delayed by various airline complications and we found ourselves being bounced between airports in an attempt to reach our original destination, we decided to look at the whole experience as an "adventure". It took the edge off things for us as we watched others sputter and fume with impatience. Thus, making yourself an observer just may provide the distance you need to keep your impatience in check until the delay is over.
Make sure that people you are to meet can be in a position to be reached in case of a delay. It will enable you to be more patient when things go awry if you just give them a quick call to explain and assure them you'll be there ASAP.
If you're not hungry, thirsty, hot, cold, or in desperate need of a restroom, you'll cope much better with traffic delays. Some people even go so far to plan ahead that they stock their car with non-perishable goodies to munch on in an emergency of this type. A little planning ahead like this can save you minutes of intense frustration.
posted on: 2/24/2009 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.