Many people pray and ask God for patience, but not me. I don’t because I’ve learned that asking for patience means asking for trials, tribulations, and tests. I get enough of those without having to ask for anymore. While it is important that we show patience to patients, families, friends, and loved ones, it’s more important to practice it actively daily then simply asking for it. What are some good ways to practice it? By being able to identify when you need it; by being present at that moment; by stopping to meditate; deep breathing and acknowledging what is causing you to lose patience. Nursing and any career or just living, will bring you to many moments where you recognize that you need to pray for patience or at least demonstrate it. I find myself going through this daily with my mom, but I practice exactly what I’m sharing with you. I Stop, breath, pray for strength and understanding and move deliberately with mindful meditation to tend to whatever the need is. People will try you, provoke you, challenge you, and much more, but it’s all in how you respond. Try to respond with patience and remember that you will want and need that same level of patience one day.
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