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You may find it useful and you may not, but it is just something that has really helped me. I was never a very patient person and found myself to be very easily irritated by little things (which is such a waste of energy) anyway I found a way to release these irritating things as they happened. A big part of my annoyance is that I hate to be kept waiting LOL Whether it be out in the car waiting for DH to lock up (which BTW takes him forever for some reason) or if I am in line behind the most aggravating people in the world at Walmart, I just take a deep breath and say to myself (not aloud mind you, although I bet the line would move quicker LOL) anyway I always think "It is an excercise in patience" It actually works. We live in such a fast paced society where everyone is looking for immediate gratification and alot of the little simple things pass us by. I mean just saying thank you or giving a friendly smile to someone takes only a moment of our time and can have a good affect for everyone involved. I even use this with my kids when I feel I am getting frusturated, it reminds me to be patient and to slow down. Anyway if this helped one person I am glad, or even if it gave you something to think about. I just wanted to share something that helps me on a daily basis keep my cool and help me to be more tolerant.
Hey Christa! I took a stress management course a few years back and your post is a great summary of some of it! I would second the information you put and thanks for the reminder for myself... Life is supposed to be fun, so now I look for the fun to enjoy the ride!
Hi. Your post reminded me of something I try to keep in mind also. I am usually a very patient person except when it comes to people driving exceptionally slow in places where I can't pass. However, one time I was driving my dying grandmother around town because she wanted to get out. She was very ill, in fact if I recall correctly she passed away the next day. Anyway, I had to drive slowly because she was in a lot of pain and any type of bump was excruciating for her. Of course, I had people behind me getting angry and I tried to pull over where I could and let them around but it wasn't always immediately possible. Also, coming home from both of my C-Sections, I made my husband drive really slow because I was afraid of bumps. Sooo now when I am behind someone going slow and I'm getting irritated I think "maybe they're driving their dying grandmother around or they've just had surgery". I know it may sound corny, but you just never know what the other people are going through.........