And as we key into compassion, we find ways to invite kindness into these feelings of challenge. Norman suggests that patience helps us understand something profound about how to love human beings. And in turn, we discover that these same tenets apply to loving ourselves a little better, too.
As the pandemic continues, It's been helpful for me to remember that patience isn't just putting up with something. It's a practice. It's feeling into how resistance and complaint only make things worse. But it's more than refraining from resistance and complaint. It's a compassionate and mindful practice of actively accepting "this is how it is right now" and transforming our approach to, "What can I learn here? How can I help?"
Of course I'm far from perfect at this and I bet you'd say the same. And yet like every one of the positive qualities of the human heart, we can build and develop our patience. We can try to remind ourselves that what we practice grows stronger.
Maybe we started out thinking of patience being about putting up with other things. But in the end we see that it's really a profound patience and love even as we work with our own human frailties and foibles. It's also a profound sympathy for the struggles of others. We are truly in this together and patience is a natural response to the full catastrophe.
Wishing you all the best as we continue to navigate this time of such rapid change together…with patience,