Impatience has been with us for a long time. In fact it is human to be impatient.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet
Patience is the art of concealing your impatience
There is nothing new about people losing their patience while stuck in traffic or waiting in line. In recent years, many people are less patient especially with the evolution of digital technology. The instant result we get from these technologies have in turn increased our appetite for instant gratification in other aspects of our lives. We have become an immediate gratification culture and we expect things to move quickly, efficiently and in the way we want.
Do you ever find yourself talking too fast, eating too fast, driving too fast or spending money too fast? The few moments it takes to wait for an elevator to come, for a traffic light to change or for a computer to boot-up may seem like an eternity. Many people do not have the patience to read lengthy text on a printed page, many people are accustomed to navigating speedily through Web pages, jumping from blurb to blurb.
Whatever happened to patience, I do not have all the answers, but there is compelling evidence that impatience can be very harmful.
Impatience is linked to frustration, irritation and even anger. Such emotions can raise stress levels which in turn can be very harmful to a person’s physical and mental health. Impatience is specifically pointed as a risk factor for hypertension, even among young people.
INCREASED CHANCE OF ALCOHOL ABUSE AND VIOLENCE
Researchers at Cardiff University have established that people who are impatient are more likely to indulge in alcohol or other drugs and to be involved in late-night drink-fueled violence. And it gets worse after realizing it and wanting to quit but expecting to be over it in a month or less.
Impatience can cost you money, friendships, pain and suffering or any number of consequences simply because impatience it is often followed by bad decisions.
Impatience has been linked to high debt levels. For instance, impatient couples may want to have all the comforts of a home soon after the wedding, despite limited finances. So they buy the house, the furniture, the car, and everything else on credit. This practice can harm marriages. Impatience have led many people to seek to acquire properties of much higher value than their savings can justify.
LOSS OF FRIENDS
Impatience can damage the ability to communicate. When a person does not have the patience to engage in meaningful conversation, he tends to speak without thinking and he may also get annoyed when others speak. Such a person does not have the patience to wait for others to get to the point of what they are saying. Such impatience can result to loss of friendships. Who wants to be with someone who is tapping on his or her toes all the time or someone looking at the wrist watch all the time?
They say “the patient dog eats the fattest bone”. Others argue that “the patient dog only eat the bones after the impatient dog would have finished devouring the flesh”. In any case, impatience is not a very attractive trait. It makes life a little bit more complex and relationships more challenging. Not all the time though, sometimes a little impatience can be a good thing. But no matter the weight of your convictions, pause and think, let the idea sink in. You’ll have a better picture in mind and be able to make better judgements.