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Patience Together

Asia Yates

mount st. mary's university campus

Be patient and kind. Be thankful for how far you have gotten. Take a moment and just remember where you once started. Now be patient for what’s to come. To be patient or have patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. I’ll be the first to tell you being patient is hard, and I will admit it’s hard for me. Imagine a person that plans months ahead typically and has everything set, and something goes wrong. Well, I’m that person: I will plan things to the “T.” I will get super excited and everything. The moment something doesn’t go as planned it bothers and worries me to the core. To myself I’m thinking, “I literally planned it all out... what did I miss? Why isn’t it happening?”

Well, my friend, I think it’s time we both buckle down and work hard on changing that mentality. We have put in the work and have planned as best as we possibly could. However, maybe things aren’t meant to happen right now because there is bigger and better in store. Sometimes things don’t need to happen on our time. What we may think is the perfect thing or timing probably isn’t. I know it isn’t fair and I know it isn’t easy, but it’s the reality with this game called life. We talked about it before: Life isn’t easy and is far from fair, but we must make the best out of it. You might be asking yourself, “Asia, if you are saying all of this, how do you suppose we get better?”

I’m glad you asked! This might sound crazy but bear with me when I say this. To become more patient, we must practice patience. You must think I’m crazy, LOL. We need to make ourselves wait. How do we do that? Well, we stop doing the things that aren’t so important right then. We can be more mindful of the things that make us the most impatient. Once we learn what makes us most impatient. We must zone in and work on those things. Taking deep breaths when things don’t go as planned. We also need to accept when things aren’t going how we planned then maybe something better is coming. This won’t be easy, but it is something that will help you and me tremendously. I promise I’m taking this journey with you, so you are not alone in this. 

We are so close and nearing the end of another semester. Why not end it with better habits? Why not take those good habits into spring semester? When we work on those things, we are mindful of that need to change. We are already one step ahead because we recognize it. However, now that we recognize it, we must place action behind it to better ourselves. Not just you, but you and me together. 

Asia Yates