This morning on my run, lots of ideas were popping into my head, which is why I love running so much. I felt an overwhelming emotion of thanks but the thanks I felt was actually directed towards myself.
I was thanking myself for practicing patience over a situation that happened months ago. The scenario had just popped into my head…I guess that was my subconscious telling me that I needed some sort of closure or reckoning. It was a small situation I had with someone that really challenged me to remain neutral and not take the actions of the other person so personal and be offended. It was a conversation that challenged my ongoing conscious effort of having a peaceful, patient and compassionate heart. Clearly it’s not easy, as it took me a couple of months to calm down and to realize not reacting was the right thing to do. But I can assure you that had I reacted, I would have felt tremendous guilt because eventually, I would have had time to think about the fact that we are all fighting our own demons and although I may have a bit of a head start on mine, we are all not at the same pace or place in our journey.
So, just as I should have patience for myself in my growth, having patience for those around me is also important as they too are fighting demons.
I don’t think anyone consciously wants to sabotage their own future and the relationships around them, but it is an obstacle some of us are fighting in our journeys. So, when I really think about it, that small disruption in my day, was not about me, it was about that person and their ongoing journey. The best that I can do, is to let it go and keep myself on my own path of progress.
Choosing to keep someone in your life who continually chooses to make decisions that keep them in a downward cycle of life(when they themselves admit this) is another topic of discussion. The world is filled with angels, and some are strictly gifted in lifting others up. It’s not an easy job and we all have our strengths, but at the very least, we can provide a bit of patience and compassion to those around us and just opt to remain quiet until we have the strength to respond in a better way.
Patience is one of the best gifts we can teach ourselves and it is also one of the best gifts we can give to others.
Images above were taken at the John Gilbert Trail in St.Simons Island, GA. I added a cooling photo filter for a moody affect in photoshop!