The Yoga of Patience – not my strong suit, but I’m trying!

Monday was one of those days. You know, a day when nothing goes right.

I started my day writing, and that went well. Next on my to-do list was online banking. But when I attempt to make a deposit using my phone—something I have done many, many times—the app doesn’t work. 25 minutes later, after a phone call to tech support, the money is finally in my account. But what should have taken less than five minutes took five times that.

Then I decide to call FedEx to fix problems with my account. Again, what should have taken less than 10 minutes took way too long. After 45 minutes (my phone has a timer) and four different employees, I hung up, no closer to having my account problems solved, and was now running late for my first appointment.

First off was the car body shop to have them snap back in place a piece of my car door (work they had supposedly done two weeks ago). Their solution: leave the car for 30 minutes. But I didn’t have the time as next up was a doctor’s appointment and I didn’t want to be late. So I head towards the doctor’s office, and make a quick stop at the shoe repair shop where I was told that the broken zipper on my daughter’s boots will cost $70, more than the boots are worth.

After the first doctor’s appointment (which went well) I stopped by our internist’s office, around the corner, to pick up lab results from a few weeks ago, BUT the temporary receptionist couldn’t find the papers. Finally after 15 minutes of looking around she decided to print out another copy.

At this point in my day I am still clueless about what is happening and getting very frustrated with each mounting task or errand that doesn’t go right. But on I plod.

Next was a stop at CVS to have a prescription filled, this should have been an easy task, but of course it wasn’t. I left 15 minutes later after being told that they have to call the insurance company as well as order more medicine and that I would hear from them later (which I didn’t). And of course I forgot to buy the 9 volt batteries I need for my temperamental garage door opener, but since I get to go back in a few days, I have another chance to remember.

At this point I decide it is time for an espresso from Peets, but when I got to the store, this is what greets me:

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So instead of using my Peets card (or the Peets gift card that my husband gave me) I have to use the last of my cash to buy coffee. But it is at Peets that it finally dawns on me: since everything I attempt to do has been difficult, I might as well give in to it and accept that this is what my day looks like. And what a change that brings.

With caffeine in hand, I head back to the body shop where I wait for over 30 minutes for them to repair what they should have repaired two weeks ago. And I make good use of the time on the phone, activating a prescription discount card. Of course it takes three calls to accomplish, but I now get it and no longer expect anything to go smoothly the first or even the second time.

When I get to the next doctor appointment, and am told she is running 45 minutes late, I don’t get exasperated, instead I pull out my book and enjoy the time waiting (of course it helps that I was reading a good book).

Then something weird happens: the rest of my afternoon went smoothly: grocery errand no problem, and my husband agrees to do an errand for me. Now I decide not to tempt fate and to skip the last two errands on my list and go home instead.

Here is a map of most my route today BUT because it was too many places, Google maps ran out of space for me to add my last trip home from the grocery store.

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 I won’t bore you with how my laptop froze after I got home, even though I have had the hard drive, mouse pad and motherboard replaced in the last few months. But I didn’t burn the house down cooking dinner and I didn’t give in to the temptation to go to bed and pull the covers over my head.

 Instead, all those deep breaths from yoga started to make sense. I give in rather than fight it and just accept that nothing is going to go right and it makes it all a lot easier.

 What do you do when you have days where nothing goes right?

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12 thoughts on “The Yoga of Patience – not my strong suit, but I’m trying!

  1. Jane Tuttle

    It really is an attitude adjustment and putting things into perspective all of which is easier said than done. All in all, you still had a productive day albeit not as planned. About all one can do when it feels that the forces of nature are against you is to accept it and be grateful that these are your big problems today.

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Inconvenience is not a world threatening issue, but over time, the stress it causes can damage our health. Since I haven’t figured out a way to avoid being inconvenienced on a regular basis, my only option is to change my attitude!

  2. neysa paz

    The busier life gets, and with more and more people in the world it seems that the opportunities for frustrations and testing of patience has increased. Not to mention technology has become a must-have, “can’t live without” set-up for sheer chaos when it’s broke or “down. ”

    I am NOT a patient person, but I’ve learned there’s always a lesson in that.

    And so, I try to conjure up a quote from one of my favorite authors, Richard Bach.

    Allow the world to live as it chooses, and allow yourself to live as you choose.

    I’m sure you thanked the stars and moon for yoga breathing with “Your Monday! ”

    Now, on to Tuesday, and much less trying and “lesson learning” days! I’m sure it’s dawning will bring you better things in reward for Monday’s tribulations. 🙂

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      The technology in our lives has made all sorts of activities easier, but it comes with a price–lots and lots of frustration when it isn’t working or isn’t working as expected! thanks for sharing the Richard back quote and yes you are right, my yoga breathing helps.

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Yes, my lemonade (actually it was a triple shot americano from Peet’s Coffee–also known as a long black in Australia) tasted great!

  3. Merrilyn Heazlewood

    When I have days like this, I try to find 10 to 30 minutes to pick up my latest project of needlepoint or embroidery and stitch, it is amazing what this ‘time out can do’ ……OR…. I go for a walk,…….. nearly as good as yoga.

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Stitching is a great stress reliever! Most nights I can be found with needle in hand. But I haven’t ever tried running around with a project in my purse to use to calm myself down with. Will have to think about this. But taking a walking time out has been helpful!

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thanks–lately it feels like I have been having several days in a row like this, but I think all the yoga workouts and deep breaths help. I bet you see that with the women you help!

  4. Dani

    It’s hard sometimes to just let it go but on days like this you really just have to! I often have patience for everything except the things that go wrong, so I know the feeling. <3

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      I agree, on days like this I find I have to just let it go and embrace the pace that is happening, instead of the pace I want!


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