Finding Patience in Your Life

And Yes, It Does Pay Off

When I graduated college almost a year ago, I was determined to find a job, and have one lined up by the time I had that diploma in my hands, at all costs. But what I didn’t realize at the time was that simply seeking out to acquire something, doesn’t make it perfect, and it certainly doesn’t make you happy and fulfilled. I never took the chance to realize this, and I paid the price of pushing to make things work that never would.

Every day we all struggle with patience in some way. Whether that cup of coffee at Starbucks is taking just a little too long for you, or maybe that personal goal you set for yourself just isn’t coming along like you thought, patience is something that doesn’t always come easy. In our fast-paced society, it’s no wonder we struggle finding patience in our lives. I know that I struggle every day to some degree with not only finding but accepting the wait is worth it.

But, what I have found is the wait is worth it! And we learn so many things about ourselves and life. Here are just some ways to work on finding and accepting patience in your life, daily:

1. Setting a plan and/or goals for the day

I know that for myself if I don’t set realistic goals and plans for myself for the day, I end up getting behind. Now, I also believe in not over-scheduling yourself, because life happens, and things won’t always go as planned. When you give yourself something to work towards on a daily basis, you will end up feeling not only productive but happy and relaxed throughout the day.

2. Accept things won’t always go as planned

As humans, we always want to be 100% in control of our situation, but this is unrealistic. If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot control the outcome, take a deep breath and just focus on breathing. Remember, it may seem like the world is going to fall apart at this moment, but trust me it won’t. The more prepared you are to accept curve balls coming your way, the better off you will be.

3. Find contentment in your current situation

While looking for a full-time job, I have been struggling with finding peace with where my life currently is at this moment. I have found myself continually frustrated why I haven’t found a position that works for me. When I start to feel like this, I take a deep breath and remember that this is not my final destination, every day is closer to my goal.

4. Know the wait time is worth it

Yes, even if the food you have been patiently waiting on while out to eat is worth it (and if the food isn’t good at least you have food). My journey since graduation has been difficult, and I just keep wishing I had everything “figured out.” But I know the time I have while getting there is teaching me about life, and my goals. Whatever it is that you are waiting for in your life, know that you will get there. It’s as they say, patience is a virtue.

What do you think? How do you find patience in your life? Let me know below!

2 thoughts on “Finding Patience in Your Life

  1. Hello I too am a St. Kate’s Alumnae
    I just wanted to say Kudos on following your dreams.

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    1. Thank you so much Carol 🙂 I appreciate your kind words!

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