Are you the kind of person who always presses the "close door" button on the elevator? Do you find yourself squirming in line at a grocery store or the bank? Do you get irritated when service at a restaurant is slow? Do you wonder what's happening if your email doesn't immediately appear on the screen? We live in a speeded-up society where hurry sickness is rampant. We have fast food, instant messaging, and overnight deliveries, but we also see more cases of stress, high-blood pressure, chronic fatigue, and substance abuse. All because we can't slow down and relax.

And the problem is bigger than our personal situations. There are times when an organization or a society needs to be patient and allow things to unfold in their own time. Many social justice activists acknowledge the importance of patience as movements are developing and change is being seeded.

All of the world's religions celebrate patience as a virtue that can be learned through regular practice. Patience enables us to accept what shows up in our lives and it encourages us to take little Sabbaths throughout the day. It teaches us not to get upset by external events and people who press our buttons. It serves as an antidote to anger. It challenges us to grow in love and in wisdom as we learn to not push things and live with a positive attitude. It serves as a mid-wife to the birth of hope.

If you could use a little more patience in your life, this e-course is for you. Recovery programs say that it takes three weeks to break a habit or start a new practice. For 21 days worth of nuggets of spiritual wisdom and related exercises to increase your capacity to be patient, click on "Subscribe to E-Course" below.

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