2015-09-09 / Opinion

Patience ... we are only human

BY DANIELLE BEZOTTE Peck Elementary Teacher

Patience is a virtue…well, it used to be.

While driving one day, I approached a vehicle with its left turn signal flashing.

I began to slow down, and as I did, I checked my rearview mirror. There were several cars coming up behind me and most were pass on the right. I looked already gearing up to ahead and saw that it would be a few seconds before the car in front of me could turn, but I decided to wait. How long do you think I had to wait? Three seconds? Five seconds? Ten seconds? I’m not even sure how long it was, but I began to think: when did we become so impatient?

In the last decade, we have been bombarded with new and improving technology. The capabilities we have today are absolutely amazing and I’m sure the advancements we are yet to make will continue to astound.

However.

What will become of our basic human virtues? I have been one to pay close attention to the behaviors of people. I have noticed things that many people would consider habits, or usual behavior, but can actually be considered impolite. You have the power to change that.

When you are driving and receive a text message, wait to answer it! If you text someone and they don’t respond right away, realize that they might be busy.

When you get a phone call or text message in the middle of a conversation with someone…let it ring. They’ll call back. Make eye contact with the person you are talking with.

When you finally spy that parking spot, only to miss it by 3 seconds…. so what? Park in the back and walk, it’s good for you.

When you go to a restaurant and your order is wrong…be kind. Your waiter may be working a double, or barely making ends meet. Leave a nice tip anyway.

When you are checking out at the grocery store and the cashier is short with you or the cash register is malfunctioning…smile and help bag your groceries.

Sometimes life gets the best of us and we get frustrated. We might be rushed and hurried, angry or frantic. We project our feelings and frustration onto others and at the expense of their feelings. We are human.

Be patient with people. Be patient with yourself. Take a second to think about the moment or situation you are in and how you should proceed. Try to put your situation into perspective. Will this be important in a week? A month? A year? Sometimes we must agree to disagree and react accordingly. Try to take other peoples’ feelings into consideration because people might forget what you say or do, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

As you go back to school, go to work each day, go shopping…be patient. Be patient with your children, your family, teachers, bus drivers, bosses, co-workers, cashiers - people. Again, we’re only human! You have the amazing ability to change someone’s day with a simple act of kindness. Take a little extra time to brighten the world. Each person you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

Smile. Be kind. Make someone laugh. Be the good in the world.

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