Patience… Well today is the 7th day that I am back in Baghdad and I have not stopped. It has been all go since the moment I landed and I am halfway through my aviation security training – 6 more days to go. We leave at 07:30 in the morning and return to camp at 18:00 in the evening. It is a long day with information overload and practical aspects such as operating the x-ray machines and what to do in case of a security breach. Then its study time for the next days testing and exams. I can barely make 21:00 on an evening.
There is a saying in security: “The good guys have to get it right 100% of the time, the bad guys only have to get it right once”.
There are procedures in place for a reason, safety of the airport and the people inside. Now being a lover of travel myself I know that I too am guilty of losing my patience when it comes to airport security screening. Sometimes it feels as if they are just purposely trying to piss you off. But believe me when I say, the person doing the screening would love nothing more than to just let you pass without having to go through your personal belongings or touching your shoes. How many times have you lost your patience at an airport?
The same way patience is needed when passing through security checks seeing as they are there for your safety and security, patience is required in many other areas of our lives as well. Specifically when it comes to long-term changes like losing weight or gaining muscle.
I have started a new training program and only managed 3 out of my 5 scheduled workouts for the week due to my schedule and being absolutely shattered. Now I can beat myself up about it (it wont change a thing) or I can exercise patience and remember that there is no rush – no deadline to getting the body I want to have. It takes time. And once I am done with training and settled into a routine I will be able to hit my 5 workouts a week. Until then I do what I can when I can right?
Where are you being impatient with yourself and your progress? Where do you need to slow down and just remember that LIFE is unpredictable and that’s never going to change?
Here is my advice, take it one day at a time. Do what you can where you are with what you have. That is good enough. Be happy with that. And I hope that next time you pass through an airport security check you remember that the people working there are there for YOUR safety and security. They work under pressure, long hours with very little appreciation.
I challenge you to practice patience this week in areas and situations where you usually don’t. See how it affects the outcome. And if there is no change to the outcome see how you feel afterwards?
“Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet”, French Proverb
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