We are all victims of a fast paced, right-now society. We have become accustomed to instant communication, to fast food, instant credit, instant news, Hi-speed internet, and a host of other "instant" conveniences that cause us to become annoyed at WAITING for ANYTHING. What we need is a major shift in our expectations regarding how fast we should move or the pace at which we expect others to do so.
To combat my temptation to be impatient, in every "waiting" situation I encounter, I consciously breathe deeper and slower and remind myself that Patience is a FRUIT of the Holy
Spirit and that He is ever-present to develop it in me. Besides, I prepare in advance to wait by keeping a book or music handy. I also remind myself that DELAYS are often part of Divine protection.
I heard stories of people who escaped the destruction of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York simply because they were delayed for various reasons in getting to work. I'm sure most were perturbed with the delay at the time it occurred.
Even in your daily interactions, impatience hurts your relationships in that it causes you to relate to others in a non-beneficial, non-compassionate manner. Think about how DEMORALIZED you feel when even a stranger is short-tempered with you.
Overcoming impatience begins with an AWARENESS of its presence and a commitment to allow the Holy Spirit to produce patience in you. It won't be done by making a New Year's resolution or counting to 10. You need the Holy Spirit to do the work.
So learn to EMPLOY these strategies and to stay in the PRESENT moment rather than OBSESSING about what must happen next or later.