8 practical ways to practice patience

There are few virtues we need more, but few virtues are harder to come by than patience.  I’ve been there.  I’ve flown off the handle.  I’ve become impatient.  Patience is a real struggle for many of us.

Carl Jung once said,

“Hurry is not of the devil; hurry is the devil.”

As a culture/society we can’t slow down and it is killing us (literally!)

8 practical ways to practice patience and slowing down:

  1. Eat your food slowly. Chew at least fifteen times before you swallow.
  2. Stand at the longest checkout lane. For the next month, when you are at the grocery store, look carefully to see which checkout lane is the longest. Get in it and then let one person with a full cart go ahead of you.
  3. Go through one day without wearing a watch or using the cell phone. You won’t know what time it is and you won’t know who you need to call right away. But it might help you slow down.
  4. Take a walk.
  5. Spend some time in the park.
  6. Watch children play and listen to birds sing.
  7. Read a book.
  8. Plant a flower and watch it grow.

This list could go on and on but hopefully you get the idea. We need to learn to slow down and to practice patience.

One of my favourite authors, John Ortberg once said,

“Again and again as we pursue the spiritual life, we must battle hurry. For many of us the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it. We will just skim our lives instead of actually living them.”

I don’t want to just skim my life and I hope that you don’t as well!

How are you battling hurry in your life?  What are some more ways to practice patience?

Categories: Christian living


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