by Amanda P.
Patience has never come easy for me.
Ironically, I am now a full time mom and a teacher so I had to learn patience quickly.
When you spend your day in a classroom full of 27 screaming students who don’t take directions well, and come home to a toddler banging her head against a wall because I won’t let her eat cookies for dinner, it is easy to lose yourself.
I have had to take a step back and realize that not everyone thinks the same way I do, or does things at the same rate as I do.
We need to understand that each set of eyes are different and each person holds a different perspective.
Patience and perspective are two very valuable things we as humans struggle with on a daily basis.
We often don’t have patience because we don’t understand any other perspective than our own.
If we take time to see things through the lens of others, patience comes a lot more naturally.
For instance, maybe that student didn’t get her homework done because her parents weren’t home to help her or she didn’t have the materials she needed to finish it. Maybe my daughter wants cookies for dinner because she doesn’t understand the concept of nourishing our bodies with the right foods to stay healthy and strong.
And come on, who doesn’t want a cookie for dinner?
When we start to see things in the eyes of others, we start having more patience for them and their actions. Don’t get me wrong, I still am an impatient person, but having this perspective shift has helped me tremendously!
Next time you are out and are frustrated because the guy driving in front of you is going 10 miles under the speed limit, put yourself in his shoes.
Maybe he just lost someone he cares about or has a baby in the back seat we can’t see.
Don’t let a lack of patience cloud your judgment. You never know what someone is going through until you allow yourself to see the situation in a different perspective.