Ask a barista at Starbucks what their least favorite part of their job is and, for the most part, they will tell you the same thing. No, it’s not waking up at 4:30 to open. It’s not taking out the garbage or restocking supplies either. It’s the stare of impatient customers who ordered and then lean against the counter watching every single move the barista makes until they have their precious order in hand. It’s as if staring hard enough will help the barista work faster. But when has someone staring at you ever made you feel comfortable or more effective? Probably never. The same goes for that friendly person making your perfect coffee every morning. So, this week, let’s try something different and BE PATIENT. Being patient is not easy. Don’t believe us? Here is a small test: When trying to walk across a street at an intersection with a traffic light, how many times do you press the “Walk” button? If your answer was more than once, then this might be a good week for you to practice patience. Get ready to start breathing patience in… and out. It’s good for all of us—for our souls and for anyone you might have otherwise been impatient with. Being patient matters.

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