How sick and tired we may become of people telling us to be patient or to learn patience. How frustrating it can be to want to finally have something, or to move forward, and then not have that happen. How irritating to have someone tell us to wait while our needs have not been met and were in the midst of anxiety, frustration, and inaction.
Do not confuse the suggestion to be patient with the old rule about not having feelings.
Being patient does not mean we go through the sometimes-grueling process of life and recovery without having feelings! Feel the frustration. Feel the impatience. Get as angry as you need to about not having your needs met. Feel your fear.
Controlling our feelings will not control the process!
We find patience by surrendering to our feelings. Patience cannot be forced. It is a gift, one that closely follows acceptance and gratitude. When we work through our feelings to fully accept who we are and what we have, we will be ready to be and have more.
Today, I will let myself have my feelings while I practice patience.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God.---Anne Frank
greet myself and others with much joy.
I don't think we can do anything very well in this world unless we practice it.
And I don't believe we do AA very well unless we practice it. . . .
We should practice . . . acquiring the spirit of service.
We should attempt to acquire some faith, which isn't easily done,
especially for the person who has always been very materialistic,
following the standards of society today.
But I think faith can be acquired; it can be acquired slowly; it has to be cultivated.
That was not easy for me, and I assume that it is difficult for everyone else.
- Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, pp. 307-308
Thought to Ponder . . .
People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = Finding Answers In The Heart.