Patience is a virtue…

August 13, 2010

I’m sure everyone is familiar with that expression. Unfortunately, patience is a virtue that I have to work to achieve every day. I am especially impatient with myself. If I make a mistake, a mistake that in others would be a minor issue, I tend to get upset with myself, and then discouraged. This in turn can lead to that downward spiral-“Why keep trying? I’ll just mess up again.” It’s so important to recognize our own humanity, and to accept that we will make mistakes. The important thing is to have the patience to learn from the mistakes and to keep trying. It has been said that people who haven’t made mistakes haven’t made anything. Every endeavor is actually a process, requiring us to learn and apply new things. As we keep learning and keep trying, we are acquiring the skills and the knowledge we need to achieve that goal. “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.” – – Saint Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622)

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