Yesterday i braved Black Friday shopping and took Hannah to get shoes for her mission. I was a great opportunity to practice patients. I discovered something new… something amazing!
When you approach a situation already thinking you are going to be patient you find there isn’t much to “be patient” about!
I looked for reasons to be patient as I drove into town… traffic was busy, but drivers were fine.
I looked for reasons to be patient with my teenager as I dropped her off to go ice skating with her friend… but she was happy and pleasant and agreeable.
I looked for reasons to be patient while finding a parking spot… and the perfect spot opened up just as I pulled into the parking garage.
I looked for reasons to be patient as we walked to the store… but the light at the crosswalk seemed to go quickly as we had a pleasant conversation.
I looked for reasons to be patient as we shopped for shoes… but a funny guy dressed in a Christmas outfit helped Hannah and she found 4 pairs of mission shoes in an hour, all from the same store, AND I found a pair I liked. We only needed to go to one store! When does that happen?
I looked for reasons to practice patience as we picked up the teenagers and went to Jamba Juice… no need.
When I got home I realized that by thinking about practicing patience I accomplished my goal. That was the most pleasant shopping trip I have ever had… I really don’t like shopping, so that is saying something!
Today’s kindness goal… Decorate for the holidays.
Are you ready to celebrate, to kick your Christmas spirit into gear, or are you still stressing about how quickly the season came? You need some extra inspiration to brighten your holiday mood, crank up those carols and get to decorating. Decorating helps everyone feel more at home. Everyone is happier.
Let the decorating begin!