Anyone that knows me well would laugh at the idea of me offering advice on patience. One of my mother’s favorite sayings when I was growing up was that “Patience is a virtue…. That I don’t have.” She was talking about herself but she certainly passed that attitude on to her daughters.
Life, however, presents us with multiple opportunities to develop patience and this week was no different. We all have been waiting for the COVID numbers to decline again. We waited for Hurricane Ida to come and then to move through. I had a mediation and had to wait for 3 hours for the insurance adjuster to make an initial offer. The list goes on and on.
It is hard to be patient during these times. We want COVID to hurry up and be over so we can get back to normal. We want the storm to move through. I want to settle the case and get a good result for my clients as efficiently as possible.
But patience is shown by how you wait not by how long you wait. Be kind while you’re waiting. Use the time to do something you have been putting off. Show grace and kindness to others. You’ll be amazed at how much more enjoyable developing the virtue of patience is when you do it with the right attitude. Then, truly great things can come out of patience.
Christy Crow is an attorney with Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C.