I went on a date a couple weeks ago and the guy (boy? date? kid? man? none of these sound right…) asked me the one trait I’d most like to improve about myself. I thought it was a great question, especially for someone you don’t know very well. He said he’s trying to be less judgmental before getting to know people. I thought about it for a moment and decided on…
Patience. I might be the least patient person in the world. Waiting in line at Starbucks is a daily exercise in restraint. Walking behind an elderly person/woman on a cell phone with a stroller and two small dogs/person with zero body awareness (aren’t those the worst?) gets me more worked up than I care to admit. I’m not proud of it… but there are times I’ve actually had to stop myself from hitting my computer because my Internet connection was so infuriatingly slow. I’m impatient with myself, with others, and with inanimate objects… Not good.
What do you do to try to be patient? Sometimes I think it’s just a question of stepping back, taking a deep breath, and realizing it’s not really worth getting worked up over… Easier said than done, of course. If you have any tips or tricks, you know I’m all ears.
This isn’t a pity party but I do think it’s important to acknowledge that we’re all works in progress and that there’s always room for improvement. What’s one trait you’d like to work on? I’d love to hear!
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