August 5

I want happiness, and I want it now! There may be days when so many things seem to go wrong, that I despair of them ever going right long enough to have true happiness.
  It may help me to ask myself "how much do I act, and how much do I react?" If I find myself often reacting to things with impatience, it’s likely that I rush towards "solutions" that may not give me the best possible outcomes. If my SO forgets something important, if I frown and berate them, does it really make them perform better in the future? And even if it does, what price am I paying? Do "things and events" bring me more happiness and love, or do I really get that best from people? The more often I berate someone or frown at them, the less likely they are to feel good in my presence.

Just for Today
  Today when something happens that brings up anxiety, I’ll remind myself "how important is it?" If no one’s life or health is imperiled, does my impatience really give me back more than simple acceptance of "imperfection is part of being human"?
  I’ll try to "act" out of love and acceptance, instead of "reacting", and look for good feelings regardless of what happens around me. My increased inner peace is bound to give me back even more magic in my time with my SO.

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind. - Leonardo da Vinci

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