In praise of patience

I’ve noticed a new feeling emerge in coaching conversations and in general discourse in recent weeks. We’re getting more impatient.

It’s understandable, of course. People are tired of Covid even if most, thankfully, haven’t had to deal with its symptoms. And with optimism over vaccines and the beginning of the holiday season, many are eager to move past the discomforts of lockdowns and restrictions.

In coaching work, I’ve noticed that the impatience has two dimensions. The first is the desire for normal human experience again. To socialise, to interact, to embark on adventures. To live life at its fullest.

The other component though may not be as helpful: impatience to move away from discomfort. At its least useful, this kind of impatience prompts us to seek new forms of distraction and stimulation. Anything novel that allows us to avoid answering hard questions or facing up to challenging truths.

Maybe we’re asking a lot if we’re expecting a post-Covid world to be free of such discomfort?

Developing the practice of patience allows us to see more clearly, to embrace discomfort and to act from a place of greater wisdom.

While impatience is understandable right now, maybe patience is more useful.

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