Over this past month I’ve been talking about a variety of tactics that we can use to overcome our impatience (or develop our patience however you want to call it). It’s these particular tactics, or habits that can help us realize what is driving our impatient nature and to slow down and enjoy the process.
Life is a journey after all and there are many routes that lead to success and growth. All the same, there are many solutions to our problems.
That being said, I’d like to touch on a few tactics I have yet to bring up, that are certainly outside of the norm, but also quite effective too. Consider applying these in your life if you still have trouble with letting your impatience go.
Gardening & Growing Plants
A lot of people have said in the past that immersing in nature has helped them to connect better with the world.
I can attest to that on some level.
Even though I haven’t gardened personally (outside of a grade 2 project where we planted peas.), I have walked on trails and have delved into nature some other way.
There is a sense of connectivity that is formed when you indulge in nature and I can imagine those who struggle with being impatient that they indulge in gardening.
In the end, gardening teaches us patience, after all a flower blooms over time and requires devotion as well as time.
There’s a balance between the two and if one outweighs the other then problems will occur.
Ditch The Schedule
We all have some structure in our lives and for a lot of us it’s important. It’s good to have a plan and to plan in advance depending on what it’s for.
That being said, some times it can be liberating to have a loose schedule or perhaps no schedule at all. Let your imagination wander and figure out what you want to do as you go along.
For those who are like me who need some semblance of a plan you probably don’t want to do this too often. Still, doing this once in a while for any person can be liberating.
The reason why this can work is that at the end of the day it’s a bit unnatural for us to go through the same cycle day in and day out.
True, we do have morning rituals and the like, but we shouldn’t restrict ourselves the entire time to doing virtually the same thing every single day.
There should be pauses and breaks where we deviate even a little by doing something else.
Cook For Yourself Often & From Scratch
The last thing is to dedicate some time to cooking. Cooking as I’ve been taught from the beginning is simply following a set of instructions.
Even the most complex of dishes really boil down to a set of instructions that you follow step by step.
But what can be even more fun in some occasions is cooking everything from scratch.
Depending on the dish this can be a nice experience or a pain. For myself, I find making bread from scratch to be pleasant. With making pasta it’s not as much fun.
Regardless, it still is a learning experience and there is still a lot of merit to cooking from scratch. It can be a bit of an adventure and getting others involved is a fun activity to indulge in.
Plus, your reward at the end of it all is the food that you spent time putting together. You can’t go wrong!
Impatience Is A Perspective
In the end, these activities allow us to look at impatience from a different perspective, not to mention patience as well. As I’ve said before, patience is developed when we learn how to remove our impatience from our lives.
These particular activities not only help us physically and mentally, they also help us learn more about ourselves.
Furthermore the fact that these activities take a long time to perform (or at least they can) can teach us to be patient.
Not to mention we can find reasons to keep us motivated to keep waiting and not lose hope too!
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 78 of 91 of this series.
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