A common trait in successful people is the ability to delay gratification. A silver lining in this COVID-19 pandemic is a gift to improve our patience. This downtime provides an opportunity to develop or improve habits:
Limited travel makes it possible to save on gas.
Shopping centers on lockdown makes it more difficult to purchase things
More money in the savings and checking accounts creates financial peace of mind
More funds allow for a long-desired purchase using cash instead of swiping a credit card.
Limited outdoor activities encourage patience to work on self-development.
Setting new goals
Refining previously established goals
Complete desired wish.
Patience decreases impulsivity
The pandemic has persons assessing wants versus needs
Allows us to think before we speak or act
To get up and go, just because we can, without a reason attached to a specific goal
Health and Wellness
Being at home forces more home cooked meals
Choosing to eat fewer fast foods
Encourages quality family time to eat and play together
Develops sense of calm (meditate, Yoga, slowing the pace)
Having patience tend to minimize stress
Patience allows for gratitude to see the things we do have rather than a rush to have/get more. Grateful for: Love, Family, time to enjoy the moment, time to express appreciation to/for others
It is normal to wither and wane under the unknown and destruction of the virus. However, I am intentionally focused on developing the patience to expand my interests; things that make my heart smile.