Every day we are presented with opportunities to be patient, both at work and at home. It happens with people or things or even situations. Let me start first - with people (and share wonderful anecdote about patience with Eldercare).
If you are sitting at a slow drive-through window and you feel your impatience building, why show frustration at the person serving you? Does that really change anything for your next visit?
But perhaps the biggest key to truly mastering patience is through interactions with your family or your colleagues at work. We need to thoughtfully respond to others, instead of reacting quickly and without consideration. Too much negative energy is wasted on non-thinking reactions.
I wish I approached things when I was younger as I do now. I guess that's the benefits of wisdom (age?). I'm assuming all my "chats" with my children won't take effect for another 25 years, either. Sad.
When I was visiting my father-in-law at his assisted living home, I heard one of the neighbors screaming at one of the aides. It was a direct, nasty personal attack that was loud enough for many to hear. Now we are in the Dementia unit and we never know what to expect, but this still came as a shock. Things are stressful at times, but are usually pretty subdued.
Later, after things calmed down, I asked the aide how she was doing after her recent incident? The answer - - an absolutely perfect response:
"Oh, it's ok. She doesn't mean it."
It's been a long time since this happened, but I think of it often and try to use it to help me stop, think and quietly and thoughtfully respond to people. I am far from perfect but part of the balance of work-life is how we handle all our interactions.