The More You Know Yourself…

The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others. Erik Erikson

Meditation: When I am living mindlessly, I often think of myself as “right”. When I am tired, hungry or stressed, I am easily harsh and impatient with those around me. When I don’t take good care of myself, I easily have expectations of others and am intolerant with those around me, accusing them of being different than I need or want them to be. The more I know myself and learn to care for myself with all my needs, flaws and shortcomings, the more patience I develop for myself and for those around me. A few days ago my daughters and I were putting flooring down in the basement at 12 midnight, so that a sleep over could happen the next day. It was late and we got frustrated with each other. When things got a little tense, one of my daughters said: “Guys, we are all very tired right now. Let’s try not to yell or be impatient with each other. May be we eat something or take a short break, so we can make this a good experience and not a bad one.” I smiled. I am glad she is learning about her own needs, about our human limitations and about living mindfully.

Prayer: God of patience, when we feel judgmental and harsh, when we have little tolerance for people who are different than we want them to be (including ourselves), help us to show love by being patient, accepting and gentle with ourselves and with each other. Amen

Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. Ephesians 4:2