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Practice Patience | Summer of Self

by Kathy Kinney

She decided today she wouldn’t let frustration and anger get in the way of who she really was.  She would practice being patient with family, friends, pets and especially herself.  – Queenisms™

Ever have a day that gets derailed because of anger or frustration. You can feel yourself going off the tracks and you see the train wreck ahead but you keep going, getting more angry and more frustrated?

It’s possible to teach ourselves to stop that cycle. But first we need to recognize the pattern and practice patience. At the first sign of frustration or feeling ourselves straying from calm and contentment, we could give ourselves a “time out.”

Take yourself off to a quiet room (even if it’s only the bathroom). Shut the door and breathe. Remind yourself that anger and frustration will only amplify the problem. Those emotions will not solve the problem. Congratulate yourself for practicing patience and self care. Keep breathing. Thank yourself for making a new choice. You are a brave, wonderful, loving woman and you get to choose what happens next.

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6 Responses to “Practice Patience | Summer of Self”

  1. Karen says:

    “You get to choose what happens next”. Boy I need to hear that! Thank you!!!

  2. Mary Lee says:

    I like the idea of taking a “time out.” To take a breath, refocus and come back centered.

  3. Debbie says:

    Thank YOU, Karen, and all you out there in We Are Queenville! Our very own choices! Ooooooooh, is that hard sometimes, huh?! Sometimes my own all-encompassing, powerful emotions just seem to take over me! I’ll be hog-tied if that’ll get the best of me – however, many long hours I’ll need to stay in the bathroom!

  4. cindy says:

    Queen Debbie, We think the bathroom can be a sanctuary 🙂 We like your plan.

  5. cindy says:

    Queen Mary Lee, When my daughter (this is Queen Cindy) was little, I found that often it was me that needed the time out, not her. She was tired, frustrated, hungry or whatever the problem. I was in need of a moment to calm myself so I could make a responsible, measured, well thought out choice. So I’ve kept the time out concept in my life and it works so well for me.

  6. cindy says:

    Queen Karen, And you get to choose in this moment…and this one…and this one and so on and so on. Every moment is a new opportunity.

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