Prompt 36, Impatience

inner peace

I found the above image while searching for the word impatience. Most people have lives that are filled with a list of must do this and must do that. We don’t have time to wait around for inner peace to appear.

In Mindfulness, A Practical Guide by Tessa Watt one section talks about teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s advocacy of washing dishes.

I can hear everyone saying, It’s not my turn!

Hanh says, ” While washing the dishes one should be only washing the dishes -being completely aware of the washing while you are doing it, and not even thinking about the results. You can try it, enjoying the warmth and soapiness of the water, the satisfaction as you clean things, the reflection of light on the plates.”

The author goes on to say,” Bringing mindfulness to our daily activities like this brings us out of our rumination into the here and now. It can also help us to shift our feeling of boredom and impatience with so much of what we do in our daily lives.”

For this weeks prompt respond by expressing your thoughts on impatience, possibly what are you most impatient about. I know I am very impatient when standing in line at a store or the bank. What could possibly being taking this long “?”….. sigh. For this week’s prompt I can ask myself is there anything that I could be doing with those moments instead of  just sighing and possibly tapping my foot ?


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