5 Reasons Patience is my 2017 Word

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Every year I pick a word that I want to use as my mantra, if you will, for the year. It’s usually something I need to work on.2016’s word was Respect (you can read that post here).Yes, I am off theme today for the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy again.

I’m not sure how many years I’ve been picking a word for the year, but it’s been quite a few years now. Some years I have to think long and hard about what I want to focus on, but in the end, it always just pops into my mind. Patience popped into my mind before my most recent half.

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I need patience with others
Maybe it’s a menopausal thing, but sometimes I find myself being short with others over silly things. Over things that don’t matter. They seem to matter immensely in the moment, but in the long run, not so much.

I think we tend to be shortest with those we love. I’ve been working on that for a long time, but while I have patience for many things, it can be hard to be patient with other people.

Progress, not perfection.

I need patience with my body
If you follow my blog for any length of time, you’ll learn that weight management is a struggle for me. I’m not blessed with a good metabolism, I’m middle aged, and I’m short. These things do not make weight loss/management easy. They don’t make it impossible, either. It just take patience. A #holotta patience (I bet you’re already sick of that hashtag — guess you’ll need some patience to read my posts!).

There are no quick fixes or easy answers. It takes consistency and dedication. And yes, a #holotta patience.

And then there’s those niggling little injuries that seem to come out of nowhere. While I’ve had two good years of running in 2015 &2016, they weren’t without their challenges (hello, ITBand & ankle). It takes patience to deal with those niggles.

I need patience with the furkids
It’s amazing how those little bundles of fluff can make you so happy and so angry at the same time. They are never “naughty” and they don’t get “guilty” either. That guilty look? It’s because you’re angry with them, not because they feel guilt over what they’ve done.

Bandit has done an almost complete 180 since we got him — it’s been just amazing to see how this dog that nipped when threatened (or outright bit) and growled at random people (even dog people) will now jump on people with his tail wagging.

People comment all the time on what a good job I’ve done with him. I think others would have been far more patient with him than me — but yes, I know that others would have been even quicker to give him up. It’s taken a lot of patience, and will continue to take patience — he’s not done with his training yet.

I was bombarded with stories of dogs that couldn’t make the transition and advised by more than one vet to put him down. It was hard and I didn’t want to do it, but I also didn’t feel he deserved to die because of circumstances beyond his control.

I’ve been rewarded by seeing Lola and Bandit grow closer and closer. He’s still a work in progress, but I think soon he will gain total freedom in the house. Although we still have to decide about the bed.

I need patience with the parents
I have to let my mom vent. I have to continually try to put a positive spin on things. I have to gently and patiently point out the reasons their home was no longer a good environment for them. Occasionally I just have to take the blame for something that wasn’t my fault. And I need to hold onto the hope that eventually, with patience, they will find their way and become happier in their new home.

I need patience with my training
It is so, so easy to feel that you have trained hard and you deserve a good race, if not a PR. Yes, in the past, I have felt that way. Of course with every race I am trying my best and have hopes of a PR, but I have come to learn that training takes patience — that PR may not come after one training cycle, or two, or even after a year of training. That doesn’t mean the training isn’t working.

It takes a #holotta patience to keep training, without seeing results, knowing that someday that training will pay off. But it’s worth it. It’s so totally worth it.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

Have you ever picked a word to work on?

What things in your life make you impatient?

Have you ever had to wait several training cycles for that hard work to pay off?