11 8 2021 Monday
Opportunities to practice patience
Took Dad to Mass today. The homily was about patience. Or more specifically, opportunities to practice patience. Sometimes I wish that God would not give me quite so many such opportunities.
But I jest. I often pray for help to be more kind and more patient with my dad. I tend to fall into single-mindedness and focus on what I want to accomplish instead of how I want to behave. In other words, I want to get all kinds of things done and I sometimes get more focused on the result than on the journey.
That is when I need to slow down and look around me. To see the people there and the pets there. And just take the time to interact with them in a kind way. Results happen and sometimes a perfect result is less satisfying than a happy relationship.