Oh yes, the age-old transformation of a person or persons into a patient or patients. It’s amazing to me how disempowering it can be to become a patient rather than a person.
Once one is a patient, there is an implicit problem—no matter what—even if you’re healthy. The Oxford English Dictionary explains it thus:
patient, a. and n. [ad. L. patient-em, pr. pple. of patī to suffer.] 1. a.A.1.a Bearing or enduring (pain, affliction, trouble, or evil of any kind) with composure, without discontent or complaint; having the quality or capacity of so bearing; exercising or possessing patience.
Their earliest citation is in 1370 Hymns Virgin 106. I quote the old English, “In peyne be meke and pacient.” [In pain, be meek and patient.]
I’m guessing, it’s wishful thinking on the part of the medical world! They want us to be patient. Anyway, what I do know is that, without question, patients need patience for the Western medical system as it exists today. Boatloads of it.
I also know that patience, when it comes to our health, and healthcare issues, can be in short supply. We’re accustomed to the quick fix in our instant gratification world, and healthcare is not always a quick fix by any stretch of the imagination.
In fact, a lot of complementary healthcare is the slow, I-get-to-change-my-whole-life kind of fix that can be permanent.
So what to do when you’re a patient and you’re suffering from a major case of impatience? It’s not simple but it’s easy.
Let go. Give in. Remind yourself that the word impatient can be divided gently into two-and-a-half words:
Say it to yourself. Sing it to yourself. Remind yourself. Choose to be patient. Choose not to suffer necessarily but to let go and show up for what is happening in the moment.
Are you waiting? Wait. As consciously as you can. Are you filling out forms? Fill out forms. Are you giving blood? Give blood. Are you paying the bill? Pay the bill.
Little by little you will find that as you choose patience over and over again, you will become more patient.
And if you can’t be patient, tell everyone you encounter that you may be a patient but you’re feeling anything but patient so could they forgive you if you blow your top or lose your cool or any other potentially offensive behavior toward professionals who are doing their best. It won’t be the first time they encounter an impatient patient, nor will it probably be the last.
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