Patience TestedAuthor: Catherine Pulsifer, ©2012
Do you ever have your patience tested, really tested? I am convinced that each one of us has had to hold our temper, or tongue a lot more than once. On the other hand, there are thousands of others who have what some people call a hair trigger in that they are easily provoked to outbursts of temper or a wicked and hurtful tongue.
Patience Or Action
But, not all situations call for patience; instead, some situations demand that action be taken immediately - this action does not necessarily imply that you are temper driven, or verbally hostile. It means, instead, that you address the situation with considerate action but action that delivers a very strong and clear message of what is required or needed.
For example, if you have a small child, it does them little good at all to be allowed to continue destructive or damaging behavior like hitting another child. In this case, it is not a matter of patience but more a matter of discipline. A child should be taught at an early age what is acceptable behavior and what is not and a time out does not hurt them at all.
If you also find at some point in your career that you are in a supervisory role, you are bound to have your patience tested by the actions or reactions of some of your subordinates. Some of these actions, though, are way beyond the realm of patience even though working with adults calls for a fair bit of latitude. A situation that calls for more than patience, or looking the other way often occurs when you witness one employee harass, belittle, or ridicule another staff in front of other employees. In this case, action is required on the part of the supervisor to clearly indicate why the action is not welcomed, and what behavior is expected. Being clear on expectations is a must especially if you want to ensure that each person has been adequately instructed on policies and expectations.
Not Always Easy
It isn't always easy to set the tone or circumstances where patience must prevail but then, every situation is quite different and each must be judged at the time. One thing for sure is this: patience is required when we can't do anything to influence the outcome like when your plane is delayed from taking off due to bad weather, or when you are stuck in a traffic jam with no where to go except to sit where you are. Any other emotion is not only a waste of energy but all it does is elevate your blood pressure. The long and short of any outburst is to make you even more anxious and frustrated.
Patience - exercise it when you have no control and take action when you can later the situation.
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Be patient with your dreams. Be patient with yourself. Amazing things will happen." N. C. Harley
"The more patient we are, the more understanding we become." William Arthur Ward
"As long as we have hope, we have direction, the energy to move, and the map to move by." Hong Kong Proverb
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