Just a quick post today, to encourage you to have patience. Mondays are sometimes my most impatient days … I get frustrated if my cab shows up late or can’t find my house, I get frustrated if the security line at the airport is too long, my patience is more limited at work … but today, I’m going to try to realize that it’s not just about me, and that everyone is fighting their own battle. (picture source)
Yesterday, as I was getting a manicure with my mom, her nail technician was telling us about how he lost his real estate job and all his money in the recession, and how he scrapes together everything he possibly can each year to send to orphanages, the elderly, and the poor back home in Vietnam. His dream is to open an orphanage in Vietnam, and he’s already purchased the land but is working on saving enough to open the orphanage. He had done a great job anyway, but what if we had gotten frustrated because he filed a nail too short or chipped the paint? How silly that would have been! Hearing his story made me want to be thoughtful this week about not judging, being patient, and realizing that everyone is fighting their own battles, just like I am.
When we get frustrated with other people, it drains us of energy, and has a lot of the negative health consequences that being stressed has. Frustration can often lead to a downward spiral of emotions, which can rob you of strength to live the healthy life you want to live, too! So today, take a deep breath, be a little extra patient, and pass along a smile to a stranger (it really is contagious!). Then go work out :).
So tell me in the comments … what is the healthiest thing you did or ate this weekend?