I know it’s hard to stay sober and you might be feeling discouraged. I get that, but if you can take a few minutes each day to reflect on your progress, then you will feel like things are moving in the right direction.
This is what I did for my first 90 days of sobriety and it really helped me stay focused on where I wanted to go with my life.
Daily Reflections June 10
We reacted more strongly to frustrations than normal people.AS BILL SEES IT, p. 111
It takes patience and understanding to be a good person. But I’m not perfect, even though it’s one of my principal failings.
One thing that drives me insane is being stuck in traffic behind someone who won’t pass or waiting at a restaurant for the check to come with nothing but impatience on their mind- before I have chance to slow down myself!
Thankfully, this has given me an idea: if we look from God’s point view sometimes then maybe next time when things get tough like they always do we can compare our thoughts with his and find more meaning instead of letting anger take over us.
I tried it and when I encountered the next slow driver, my anger slowly ebbed as I levitated above them.
Suddenly everything seemed to be in perspective — they were not worth getting worked up about. And then suddenly, by looking down on myself from God’s angle of vision there was no need for me to fume or fret over a measly traffic jam because even if you’re late your life will go on without regrets!
In the end, I think it’s valuable to have a perspective on life that is outside of our own.
Whether you’re living through your day-to-day tasks or looking at them from an outsider’s point of view, there are important lessons about patience and self control waiting for us in both perspectives. It can be helpful to see things as God sees them when we want something badly but don’t get it right away – what do you think?
Have any other slow experiences given you another way of viewing impatience with others?
Let me know in the comments below!