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Patience is a virtue. We’ve all heard this saying a bajillion and one times and honestly, every time I hear it I want to smack someone.
What does it even mean anyways? I feel like it’s a cop out when people have nothing else to say about some terrible situation.
“Oh your husband is gone? Patience is a virtue.”
“Oh you still want to lose 30 pounds? Patience is a virtue.”
“You haven’t heard back about the job yet? Patience is a virtue.”
Well I have to tell you, sometimes I get sick of being patient and even more sick of hearing about patience being a virtue.
But all joking aside, I think patience is one of the biggest things I struggle with. I’ve always had a quick temper (thanks Italian blood) but I just can’t seem to give people the benefit of the doubt. This is a terrible flaw and although I’ve been working extremely hard at it, I swear something happens at least once a day where I just shake my head and ask “why me?”
Being a mother is the biggest test of patience I’ve had yet. Well actually, maybe it’s been being a military wife. And since I took on both of those roles around the same time, I’ve still been struggling and adjusting to letting things roll and happen how they are supposed to happen.
And my biggest problem with all of this patience nonsense? I feel guilty. I will lose my temper so quickly, yell, get mad, and then be over it an hour later. I hate the fact that I lose my temper so easily and wish I knew how to avoid that all together. When Nolan is finally asleep for the day and I see this peaceful little munchkin snuggling up next to me, I forget how terrible he was before nap time or that someone made an idiotic comment earlier that day. Nothing else matters in that moment.
This isn’t meant to come off as ungrateful or to throw myself a pity party; I think if you know me at all, you know I love my life and love being a wife and mommy. But as one of my biggest flaws, I’m looking for advice. Because to be honest with you, I want your opinion on how to be more patient. I think this is something a lot of people struggle with but others, pshh you’d think they were the spokesperson for patience being a virtue.
So mommies, friends, wives, anyone… what’s the secret to patience? How do you keep your cool?
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