Patiently Impatient

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Did you ever notice patient people are patient with others and incredibly impatient with themselves? I recently forgot to post an article I was assigned and I beat myself up for days. My goal was to journal every day and I missed the boat completely several days already this year (keep in mind it's only January 21st). I can easily forgive others when something slips through the cracks, I'm quick to step up and help where I can, I don't mind waiting longer than usual in line at the coffee shop, and yet you should hear the awful self-talk that happens when I have to be patient with myself. As part of my 2020 goals, I am attempting to be as patient with myself as I am with others. I want to be as laid back with Crystal as I am with my children. I'm not lowering the bar, I'm just being kinder and gentler. Case in point, we are done having children and I'm getting healthier. I am a third of the way to my goal weight and it's been a month and the scale isn't moving. There's a huge part of me - I need to be patient with myself, but I'm struggling.

Part of getting healthier physically is making time for reading, writing, and book reviews. Why is it I can devour a book but can't sit patiently at the computer long enough to finish the book review? Why am I not getting as far as I want on my own writing? Why can't I put all these thoughts down on paper? Some days I feel I'm being too patient with myself and others I just want to see forward progress and I'm as impatient as a hungry toddler looking for the strawberries in the fridge.

Are you as patient with yourself as you are with others? Are you impatient with others and patient with yourself? Do you just want to skip to the end of the story to find out what happens, or are you happy to enjoy the ride? How have you trained yourself to be just the right amount of patient and impatient (a happy medium as Mama used to say)?

What's standing in your way this year and beyond? What might help? Is it a writing course? Is it finding a great new author? Maybe it's developing an author website?

Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments - we love hearing from YOU!

No rush....I'm patient...


Crystal is the office manager, council secretary, financial secretary, and musician at her church, birth mother, Auntie, babywearing mama, business owner, active journaler, writer and blogger, Blog Tour Manager with WOW! Women on Writing, Press Corp teammate for the DairyGirl Network, Unicorn Mom Ambassador, as well as a dairy farmer. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their five youngest children, two dogs, four little piggies, a handful of cats and kittens, horses Darlin' and Joker, and over 250 Holsteins.

You can find Crystal milking cows, riding horses, and riding unicorns (not at the same time), taking the ordinary and giving it a little extra (making it extraordinary), blogging and reviewing books here, and at her personal blog - Crystal is dedicated to turning life's lemons into lemonade and she has never (not once) been accused of being normal!


Sue Bradford Edwards said...

I don't know that I lack patience with myself but I second guess myself. A lot.

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