Patience

Biggest Challenge: Patience

--Val

Response from DM:

Dear Val:

Patience, according to Webster’s New College Dictionary, is: the will or ability to wait or endure without complaint; or steadiness, endurance; or perseverance in the performance of a task.

Patience can most definitely be a virtue, but not if it is taken to the extreme and we endure something negative beyond our capacity to stay healthy of mind, body, and spirit. In my travels while lecturing across the United States, I have heard many caregivers register their surprise at how much time, energy, and financial resources they are using while taking care of a loved family member. The caregivers are often giving their all and yet they are not feeling a sense of satisfaction for a job well done. They are often experiencing exhaustion, and feeling unappreciated or taken advantage of.

First we must learn to be patient with ourselves and be as kind to ourselves as we are to others. Take time out for yourself. Do some of the things you enjoy or that bring you peace. Make sure you continue to keep in touch with your own friends and family and maintain a support system for yourself. Have people you can turn to so that the doors of communication are always open. Patience is wonderful when you are dealing with others, but patience within is just as important. True patience helps us deal with the stormy seas of life and its many uncertainties, as we hold to a steady course, always keeping our goals and objectives before us.

Most sincerely,

Dr. Marion

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