Patience Through The Frustrations

“A man’s wisdom gives him patience…” (Proverbs 19:11 NIV)

Isn’t it fascinating how small insignificant irritations can pile up until suddenly you are in a bad mood that affects your relationship with everyone and everything around you?  Think about what happens in the office on a “derailment day” when the small irritations start to pile up:   

Nuisance activities:  people don’t come through, an overabundance of telephone tag, irate clients, etc.

Disruptions:  the “tyranny of the immediate” such as emergencies from your boss

Problems: computer crash, no ink or paper in the copier, etc. generally when needed most

You put all three of these together and you get a bad day.  So what do you do?  Scream at everyone you come in contact with that can’t fire you?  Miss deadlines because instead of executing on a “plan B” you sat at your desk blaming someone out of earshot who doesn’t care, and who isn’t going to solve your problem?  The answers to the preceding and subsequent excuses are a resounding no. 

Instead, take action and start figuring out how you will address the problems this will start to take stress out of the situation by moving towards resolutions.  Don’t resist and overact.  By engaging in positive behavior instead of negative you diffuse the situation to your advantage by refocusing on a solution instead of wallowing in the problem at hand. 

I used the workplace as an example but this behavior and its consequences are played out at home and in social situations also.  Here are two simple actions to take. 

  • Get some rest when possible. 

Try to get a good night sleep during your work week so you don’t have to depend on 10 cups of coffee to get through the day.  After the first two or three cups  it just makes you jittery anyway.  On your days off make it a priority to get in a good nights rest and a nap.   It never ceases to amaze me how many people I see who are chronically tired and look it but seem think somehow getting a decent nights rest is un-cool or unproductive.  Without proper rest your immune system is shot within a couple of weeks and then you become more susceptible to a cold or the flu.  Keep inmind that if you don’t pay attention to the needs of your body nature may soon force you into the bed to sleep and get re-hydrated with water, juice, and chicken soup!  

Psalms 127:2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to [a] those he loves. 

Don’t confuse hard work and focus with destroying your health.  The former shouldn’t lead to the latter.

  • Push back on information overload. 

We all now live in the Information Age, where more and more people everyday are engaged in knowledge work.  We collect, organize, analyze, save, and digest more information than ever has been done in the history of mankind. 

We are drowning in information. In one day, we are assailed with more information than a typical person a century ago might have encountered in a lifetime! It isn’t getting any better! The amount of information available to you now doubles every five years by some measure; which means there will be twice as much known in your field as there is today.  I guess a “Renaissance Man” will be someone who can keep up with his or her own area of expertise as opposed to mastering 1 or more.

Take stock of what you know and understand its value.  For example, if you are a CPA stay current with continuing education, communicating with advanced peers, and self-study.  If you are professional speaker get stage time by joining groups such as Toastmasters and the National Speaker Association.  Take advantage of the phenomenal training offered by both organizations.

Remember patience puts you in a frame of mind to accept learning and leveraging that learning effectively by being rested and alert is the mark of a wise individual.
Quote of the Day from The Wisdom Compass

For health and the constant enjoyment of life, give me a keen and ever present sense of humor; it is the next best thing to an abiding faith in providence. ~G.B. Cheever

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