Exercise 5-5The Gift of Patience (II)Open “Paint” on your computer, it should be under “Accessories.” Draw a gift (or something that symbolizes a gift) that you would like to give to the people (if any) in your target situation as a sign of your acceptance. Copy it here or attach it to this workbook. If you do not have Paint, you can use an image from an internet search engine of your choice (please keep it G-Rated!)After that, explain the meaning and significance of what you made here:52
Becoming a More Patient Person: Learning WorkbookExercise 5-6Checking InOn a percent basis, what percent of impatient feelings have you replaced?I have replaced _______ percent of the impatient feelings I held with patience.C = Comfort With DelaysExercise 5-7Getting in Touch with the Gratitude We Feel for Our Patience Focus for a moment on how good it felt in the last section to talk about receiving a gift of patience. When you have been able to adopt this state of gratitude, do this exercise.Exercise: Often times we find ourselves impatient regarding the opportunities we are trying to earn, like finding out about a new job or internship. If you were going to write a letter of gratitude for all of the opportunities you have been given, what would you say? Write a few notes here:Exercise 5-8What We’re Grateful ForOne of the best ways to channel patience when we are frustrated with a delay is to count our blessings. Use this space to write things you are thankful for, and try to remind yourself of them as often as you can. 53
Becoming a More Patient Person: Learning WorkbookThink back to your target situation. Write about what you should have been grateful for at that time.Exercise 5-9Time (I)Make a list of five things that you realize should take time, and describe why.1. I realize that __________________ will take time to happen because ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.2. I realize that __________________ will take time to happen because ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.3. I realize that __________________ will take time to happen because ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.54
Becoming a More Patient Person: Learning Workbook4. I realize that __________________ will take time to happen because ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.5. I realize that __________________ will take time to happen because ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.Exercise 5-10Time (II)Using your search engine of choice or your own personal files, copy and paste a photograph in the space below of something that takes time that you think is absolutely amazing. This might be a beautiful landscape or a new invention, or whatever you like (just keep it appropriate). Now write about what it is about this image that you value.Think back to the previous section when we discussed our place in the big picture. How does this picture make you feel about things you get impatient about? Exercise 5-11Finding Value in Strange Places55
Becoming a More Patient Person: Learning WorkbookNow think of a situation that most people would consider hard to be patient about, like waiting in a long line when you’re in a hurry or being frustrated that the kids you tutor aren’t understanding what you’re trying to say. Then write about why this situation could still be considered valuable.