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The patience paradox

March 6, 2013

Here’s a great idea…

A wise observer of the human condition says,
“Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead.” (Mac McCleary)

In other words…

What we think of people and their actions is often based on how they affect us. If the person behind us slows down to let us into traffic, we are grateful and think they are generous. If the person in front of us offers the same courtesy for someone else, we quickly become annoyed and impatient–because it slows us down. When we judge everything based on its effect on us, we have a narrow vision of the world.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

When you are tempted to become irritated because someone’s act of generosity inconveniences you, take a moment to appreciate their gift to the world. Be grateful. . . and patient.

To Find Out More…

about personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress programs at www.arfamilies.org, like us at www.facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt.

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