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ZenView – Patience

Mary Layton

One good place to test my patience isin traffic.The car in front of me isgoing too slowand makesme missthe green light. If I’m late it’sgoing to be thatcar’sfault! Speeding up to the next intersection I hope I can make up for lost time. But to no avail, I’mseeing the light turning yellowand thatslowcar isgoing justat the rightspeed to comfortably catch the nextgreen light!

It isin those momentsthatI’maware that I’ve lost my cool.Why isithard to be patient? In today’s world everything is happening so fast. Our iPhonesand iPads can give usinstantanswers and instantgratification.We come to expect thatgetting somewhere, improvementor success should come to usfaster too.Yet the more we hurry and push the more we seem to lag behind. Or miss something on the way.

When I catch myself being patientI feel stronger. Faced with a difficulty I find that going about it slowly and methodically usually worksmuch better. Learning takespatience.The artof T’aiChi has taught me that just learning one movementvery well may take many years.Thisistrue for any artor skill. Just learning the artof living takesa long time! Patience requireshumility. Knowing thatyou cannot learn or knoweverything rightaway, and accepting that there’sa processinvolved.Thisprocess may take you to unknown placesand dissolve previouslimitations.A Chinese proverb says: “Inspiration comesfrom patience and perspiration”.There is something aboutdoing something over and over again that isvery rewarding.Yes, it may make you sweat, be hard and take you beyond your limit. Find placesto learn patience. It’s worth it.

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Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.