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P is for Patience

The Soul-Wise Living Alphabet

Inspired April 2013

The Soul-Wise Living Alphabet is launched to Awaken Your Spirit & empower your thinking. Words are Energy! They can lift us up and they can just as easily bring us down. Spirit driven words will raise your vibration UP. By finding the meaning these words have in your life and embracing them, one at a time each day ~ after the course of a month, The Soul-Wise Living Alphabet will have raised your energy up. My desire for you is that you are able to embrace your inner spirit  and, as a result, live In-Joy. ~ laura

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P is for Patience.

“Patience is a virtue” I’m not sure the author of that phrase, Prudentius, had any idea the far reaching impact of his words. I think back to the fourth century when he wrote it and wonder what the pace of life was really like. Maybe P could be for Pace!

Patience is inherently linked to pace. Today, it’s all about race not pace and in doing so our patience seemingly is limited. When stress gets it’s tentacles into us, our patience level lowers. It’s an inverse proportion certainly. 

I believe that when our patience level is low, it’s a sign that it’s time to slow down. When you can achieve this, patience exists. Staying in this state allows you to have endurance in your life. The kind of endurance needed so that when delays happen you do not have a stressful or negative response to the circumstances around us.

Having Patience is really about the non-reaction to things that are happening but rather seeing them and taking our time to react from the inner wisdom that guides us. That is when patience becomes the virtue that Prudentius speaks of. It’s the ability to create a pace that allows you to respond from your core beliefs rather than the circumstances that surround you.

Can you identify a time when you caught yourself with a low level of patience? What did you do? Did you react or step back and listen to your inner GPS on how to increase it? 

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8 Comments »

  1. Pace… good idea! Like the concept of patience being a non-reaction to things … needed to hear that this morning. Keeping things in perspective helps!
    Carrie

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    Laura Clark Reply:

    Have a great day with renewed perspective and pace, Carrie!!! 🙂

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    Comment by Carrie — April 18, 2013 @ 7:21 am

  2. Wise words. I think the art of patience is diminishing. Maybe there are not enough role models in society today to keep it going in abundance. Just a thought.

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    Laura Clark Reply:

    Art of Patience! I love that….it is an art. Waiting in line at the store, driving in traffic, l i s t e n i n g to others, these are skills that may test our patience but are so necessary to soul-ful living. It’s about being able to be Present in the moment (Oh another “P”!!) Thanks for your thoughts!

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    Comment by Nadine — April 18, 2013 @ 7:25 am

  3. Yes yes yes! I am much better than I used to be about noticing when I need to step back, take a breath, and regroup, but I am all too familiar with what happens when you don’t do that, or when you just try to cram too much into a short period of time. (And then there’s driving…the ultimate example of patience with something outside your control–and how impatience can lead to horrible results.) Thanks for the reminder that we need to pace ourselves!

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    Laura Clark Reply:

    I’m with you Nancy! Driving is a really great indicator for me where my stress level is and where my patience level is. If I need to check in with that, I’ve actually gone for a drive through town at rush hour! Glad the reminder is helpful for you 🙂

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    Comment by Nancy Norbeck — April 18, 2013 @ 7:53 am

  4. Good reminder that we can all get caught up with things, and fail to consider the effect it has on others. Kindness, consideration, Manners will go a long way. There is no excuse to treat people badly, but if you do fail,then swift apologies and make it up right away

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    Laura Clark Reply:

    Manners really does help patience! You are right, Jana ::)

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    Comment by Jana — April 18, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

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