Next letter up for the A-Z challenge of Positive Personality Traits is P - and P is for Patient. My mother used to always tell me that "patience is a virtue" and I must admit to not being particularly strong in this personality trait. I am a work in progress when it comes to being "quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry" (to quote James 1:19).
I tend to leap into making judgments way too quickly - I am working on the idea of giving people the benefit of the doubt and not assuming the worst - but that is still in progress too! There are so many people who make sweeping statements or who are negative Nellies and I just want to tell them to pipe down or walk away. Not a great example of patience in practice!
I also spent several weeks looking after my mother at the end of last year when she had a knee replacement operation and the post I wrote about that was learning to have the patience of a Saint. Some people are so good with the sick and convalescing, I'm not one of them. I know it is a flaw and those weeks with my mum gave me time to do a bit of work on that aspect of my character. I certainly managed to care for her without driving either of us to drink, so it was a good experience by the time she went home.
Patient people have a serenity about them, they don't seem to get flustered or in a bother. The small annoyances of life don't get them down, they just sail through on a calm lake and the irritants wash over them. I want to be one of those people - I want to be able to float through the turmoil of life with a gentle smile and a good word for everyone I meet. It's going to take a little more time before I can lay claim to that scenario, but I'm working on it.
Patience is indeed a virtue - if the world was full of more patient people who weren't leaping to conclusions or being irritated by other people, it would be a lot nicer place. Thinking before we speak, taking a moment to look at the situation through the eyes of the other person, showing some compassion and empathy, and being generally more considerate are all ways to become a more patient person.