Friday, December 2, 2011

Patience is a Virtue...that I'm Lacking

In this world of Fast Food, Hi-speed Internet, magic diet pills, etc, it is no surprise that I have developed a total lack of patience.  Mostly it is patience with achieving my goals.  Do you remember that little spoiled brat from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", Veruca Salt?  She sang an entire song titled "I Want it Now"!

     I may not be singing this song and dancing around looking for my own Golden Egg, but sometimes my mind gets the best of me.  Even though I realize that results take time, I want to be able to run a 21-min 5k NOW.  I want to be able to break 4-hours in the marathon NOW.  I want to lose 5 pounds NOW.

     Luckily, over the years I have learned not to be too hard on myself.  For me, it's very important that I do not compare myself to others.  We follow some AMAZING runners on Facebook and Twitter and if I compared myself to them, then I would probably become very depressed.  Instead, I keep a log of what I have done and compare today's me to last month's me.  

     I took a class on Buddhism and learned quite a bit about focusing on the present moment.  I have to constantly remind myself that the journey is just as important as the destination.  

Are you a patient person?  When you struggle with being impatient, how to you readdress a situation?


pensive said...

This is a huge joke in my family. They all call me Veruca. Gooses! Geeses! I want a goose who'll lay gold eggs for Easter!

In order to fight this, I do a lot of meditation and breathing exercises. Staying in the moment does seem to help.

Love the blog.

robinbb said...

I had to quit blogging over a year ago because I was comparing myself to other bloggers and felt so terrible when I wasn't making the same progress. I have since learned as you have that we are all individuals and we will eventually get there. (I would love to run a sub-21 minute 5k too!!)

Jami said...

This is me right now. Okay, a lot of the time. At least I'm better than I used to be.

Running, Loving, Living said...

I am not patient, I want everything right now.

Emily faliLV said...

Show me a truly patient person and I will show you a saint! I want it NOW! In that aspect we are like toddlers don't you think?

Fun and Fit: Kymberly and Alexandra said...

Hmmm, though I have not had many issues with wanting things NOW, I do 'fess up to being impatient now and again. What?! Am I not done with this comment yet?! Kymberly

Mike said...

Patience is not one of my virtues either. I drive myself crazy comparing myself to everyone now matter how ludicrous the comparison is. It's not easy! Good luck with the race!

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