Profound Thoughts About Relationships And Patience
May 31, 2008
The book "Take Your Time -- Finding Balance in a Hurried World," by Eknath Easwaran, contains the following passage:
"Most relationships begin to fall apart through disagreements, and disagreements are not settled by argumentation and logic. They are resolved -- or, more accurately, dissolved -- through patience. Without patience you start retaliating, and the other person gets more upset and retaliates too. Instead of retaliating with a curt reply, slow down and refrain from answering immediately. As soon as you can manage it, try a smile and a sympathetic word.
"So much of the richness of life is to be found in companionship that I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to heal bonds that have weakened and to bring freshness back to relationships that have grown stale."
This is very true.
What’s more, the less you try to force things, the faster they seem to happen. The more you try to force things, the longer you usually wait for results.
You might want to ask yourself the following questions, and trust your first responses:
What am I pushing to happen right now?
With whom do I tend to be most impatient?
In recognizing my impatience, can I become more patient with this individual?
In what other areas of my life will increased patience serve me?
What action is required in my life at this time?