Can You Be Patient?

By nature, I am not a patient person. Put me in a long line, and my skin crawls. But it is becoming increasingly obvious to me that impatience is the enemy of nearly everything I hold dear.

Impatience is the root of most anger. It causes people to make bad decisions, lose their temper, and go ballistic.

Impatience turns intelligent people into Neanderthals. It lowers your IQ to about 37.

It's what made you fire off that email that very nearly got you fired.

It's why you acted like an ugly jerk to your spouse, and why you screamed so loudly at your child that the poor kid tried to sink through the cracks in the floor.

Trying to get things fast is a formula for getting much less than you deserve.

This is what I keep telling myself, and I'm moving in the right direction, towards being a bit more patient. But lines still make my skin crawl, and my left hand still has to tear my right away from the SEND key when I'm tempted to solve a problem quickly via email, rather than slowly by talking it out... after I've calmed down.

Why is it so hard to be patient?

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