Thursday, November 11, 2010

How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?*

Day 11: Something people seem to compliment you the most on **

I seem to get the most compliments on my patience. People are all constantly telling me how patient I am. Which makes me think that they don't really know me at all, because I don't think I have hardly any patience at all.

Well, that's not exactly true, because I do have patience with little people. When it comes to kids, I can put up with just about anything... until I can't. But my limit is pretty high, and often, I'm the last one standing when it comes to waiting out a tantrum or listening to their latest complaint about how unfair some rule or another is. Pretty much nothing they do bothers me at first, and it takes a lot to push my buttons, because I figure "They're kids, they're just learning, or just trying to figure it out" and I can cut them a lot of slack while they work on it. (Which does not mean that I'm a pushover - I may have a lot of patience, but I'm also a stickler for rules, as any of the munchkins who've been under my care would surely tell you.)

But when it comes to grown-ups? I mostly figure they should have grown out of their tantrums - whatever form they might take - and so have a lot less patience for their poor behavior.

But I've been getting the "you have so much patience!" compliment a lot lately especially since I've been working with Grandmother and all her various therapist type people... Uncle Jack (who has very little patience... for anybody) is constantly telling me how much he appreciates that I have the patience to put up with them (and Grandmother's ... self-willed-ness) so that he doesn't have to. It doesn't really take that much though, so I think that's more a measure of his lack of patience, than my abundance of it.

But I'll take any compliments I can get, so let's all pretend that I am awesomely patient, why don't we?

*William Shakespeare, Othello
** Can we please stop ending sentences with prepositions? It's hurting my grammar-geek soul.
Day 01 Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 Something you hope you never have to do.

Day 07 Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

1 comment:

Crazed Nitwit said...

We all do what we must to get by. You may not be patient but you're extremely gracious!!