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How to Breathe, Slow Down and Be Patient

As a poet, therapist, and observer of human behavior, Janis has a keen awareness of what makes people tick and behave the way they do.

We Rush Like Fast-Moving Water Streams

Rushing waters resemble how impatient we can be with situations we encounter in life. Niagara Falls, New York

Rushing waters resemble how impatient we can be with situations we encounter in life. Niagara Falls, New York

Have More Patience, Take a Breather, Slow Down

As we attempt wind down from the fast pace of each day, let us think about taking the time to slow down.

Some of us drive way too fast, some engage in road rage, and others find it difficult to sit and wait in traffic at rush hour. We are not always gentle with the hard-working waiter in a restaurant or the over-worked cashier in a busy grocery store. We are short with our spouses and raise our voices at our children who are just learning how to navigate life.

This is called impatience and is known to cause a lot of tension and conflict between family members, co-workers, and strangers, as we interact on a daily basis. If only we could grasp the fact that life really is short and to have ill-spirited reactions to temporary things is a waste, having a negative impact on the body and soul.

As you contemplate making some changes toward self-improvement, consider practicing more patience. Make a commitment to yourself and those you love that you will take the time to slow down, wait, take deeper breaths, smell roses, and appreciate the life you have to live. Live with good intention. Be more patient and less critical of yourself and others.

Give your renewed patience time to grow. Start now by meditating on the following poem and remember that patience really is a virtue.

We Become as Restless as Unstill Waters

Impetuous waters run constantly, similar to our out-of-control adrenaline. Niagara Falls, New York

Impetuous waters run constantly, similar to our out-of-control adrenaline. Niagara Falls, New York

We Move Like Rushing Water Falls

Our emotions sometimes run like uncontrolled water falls, taking us to deep places at the bottom of our souls. Niagara Falls, New York

Our emotions sometimes run like uncontrolled water falls, taking us to deep places at the bottom of our souls. Niagara Falls, New York

"Impatience"


Rushing with nowhere in particular to go

Going with no particular reason to rush


We are restless to the point of reckless

Rushing to our own twilights


In a hurry to get there

Speeding up our lives just to die


To wait is to be ignored

Instead of waiting your turn


To slow down means to be late

Rather than slowing to pace


To brake means to lose our place

In lieu of braking to let someone else go first


Impatient souls are we

Missing the breath, the pause, and the exhale


Having no patience to wait and see

That death and taxes are certain to come


So stop to smell and taste, sit down to rest

Move gingerly toward destinations that are sure to come . . . in time.


(JLE 2012)

Lack of Patience Creates a Life of Turbulent Waters

Impatience creates turbulence in our lives. Cultivating more patience is a virtue which can bring inner peace. Niagara Falls, New York.

Impatience creates turbulence in our lives. Cultivating more patience is a virtue which can bring inner peace. Niagara Falls, New York.

Putting on the Brakes . . .

The Beach Feeds the Soul

If only we could acquire the calmness we see in the waters of a peaceful beach, we may then find the peace that eludes us.  The Potomac River, King George, Virginia

If only we could acquire the calmness we see in the waters of a peaceful beach, we may then find the peace that eludes us. The Potomac River, King George, Virginia

© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans

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