MOST POWERFUL WARRIORS

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“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” ~Leo Tolstoy

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THE STORY OF THE BAMBOO TREE

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  1. Be still and breathe deep for THREE minutes. Think of things you are grateful for.
  2. Journal: In TWO sentences or less, write down TWO things you want to accomplish in the next SIX weeks.
  3. What, in your life, requires the most patience? Also, what could you do to reduce that stress? Please share in the comments.

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Kell
Kell
3 years ago

I smile as I answer this question, but I’m going to say one of the things that I need patience for is parenting teenagers and young adults. What I’ve done to avoid stressing is manage my expectations and learn to listen from their perspective. Patience

Cuz
Cuz
3 years ago
Reply to  Kell

I hear you, Kell.
Parenting is a ridiculously tough job because kids are so moody, crazy, rude, and think they are wiser than their parents until they find out they’re not (and don’t admit it).
Well, I’ve recently discovered some scientific (and funny) videos on the topic of adolescence and the brain. Check these out…

Kell
Kell
3 years ago
Reply to  Cuz

Thank you for sharing these cuz. I especially need the use of patience when it comes to the know it all part. OMG. I’ve learned to let em learn most things the hard way since my wisdom and life experience don’t matter. LOL

Denise McConnell
Denise McConnell
3 years ago
Reply to  Cuz

Cuz, thanks for posting these videos. I laughed a lot.

Ally Williams
Ally Williams
3 years ago

I think as of right now, the college process for me will require a lot of patience. To reduce this stress I’ve been trying to break down the steps into smaller chunks so they are more manageable.

Cuz
Cuz
3 years ago
Reply to  Ally Williams

Smaller, easily manageable chunks? Great strategy, Ally.

Chevon Thomas
Chevon Thomas
3 years ago

Dealing with my daughter requires the most patience. This moody, teenage girl really be working my nerves. I run or exercise to reduce my stress. It helps to clear my mind and sort thorough my issues.

Justin Yang
Justin Yang
3 years ago

I believe currently just getting through this school year has been extremely stressful and to reduce my stress, I’ve been overloading all my work so I get it done right away. I believe that to truly get through this year I need to have some patience and stop being so jumpy to get to the point. I say this because I believe that if I can calm down and look at my school work from a better perspective and get through it step by step, I will be successful.

Anisha Tahbildar
Anisha Tahbildar
3 years ago
Reply to  Justin Yang

I agree with you Justin. It feels like school work is only piling up more this year and it can be soo stressful. I like how you said to look at it from a different perspective and do it step by step, I will definitely try to do that.

Gralen Vereen
Gralen Vereen
3 years ago

My entire success journey has demanded patience and time which is very difficult to attain. To help remove the stress, I just Stopped comparing my life to others around me. Understand that you run your own race at your own speed because your race may be a little or a lot longer than someone else’s.

Janel Powell
Janel Powell
3 years ago

There are a few things that require my patience, my students for one. Understanding their journey especially through this challenging time remote learning and living through a pandemic as a teenager helps. I keep my mind and my heart open so I can help them as much as possible. It can be stressful because there is lots of work involved.

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Scarlett Glasser-Nehls(@scarlett-glasser-nehls)
3 years ago

Interactions with my parents have completely changed now that I’m at college. The dynamic is so different so navigating our new relationship and communication requires patience. To reduce any stress, I should try to understand their perspective.

Sidd Narayanabhatla
Sidd Narayanabhatla
3 years ago

I think what requires the most patience for me is math. Because I am in an accelerated course, I get a lot more work and much harder and more challenging problems, concepts, etc. I have to build better study habits and allot time to focus on math every day, even if I don’t have school or math class that day.

To reduce the stress from this subject, I think I should split up the work on a day-to-day basis and spend time really grasping everything so I can understand and apply the problems and concepts. Memorization is one thing while understanding is another. I need to be able to understand the concepts better than I am now because my grade reflects my understanding.

Jose Ebanks
Jose Ebanks
3 years ago

I am a warrior with the patience and time to reset, rebuild and restore from my injuries.

Cuz
Cuz
3 years ago

It’s so interesting to note that about half the tribe cited school-related work as demanding considerable patience and causing much stress while approximately the other half the tribe stated that it is stressful and takes much patience to regularly interact with people—particularly the youth.
As an educator, I deal with young people and schoolwork all the time, but it’s technology that truly tests my patience and makes me do breathing exercises to avoid getting heated.
Here are some recent examples of my trials with digital devices…
1) Of late, when I attach my iPhone to the lightning-to-USB cable in my vehicle, activate CarPlay, and attempt to use a GPS app, I can’t silence the radio without also silencing the voiced directions. I’ve missed off ramps and other turns on unfamiliar stretches of highway because the radio drowned out the narrated navigations. SMH 🤦‍♂️
2) My wife’s phone keeps sending unsolicited notifications about where to get vaccinated. The messages state that she has appointments even though she’s never made any. WTF 🤬
3) The alarm on my regular, old wristwatch (not a smart watch or anything) went off at 2AM the other night and I fought with the four protruding buttons (one of which does nothing but light up the face of the watch) for almost 20 minutes until I deactivated the damn alarm, which kept going off every 60 seconds.
4) I can’t stand automated customer service systems that keep me in an endless loop when all I want to do is talk to a real person/representative.
5) On my previous vehicle, the car fob wouldn’t start the engine from a distance unless I held it just right and used the force like a Jedi Master.
I chose not to get the remote start for my current ride. No surprise, huh?
6) My blood boils when the WiFi won’t allow me to access the digital coupons while I’m in the department store.
7) What’s up with Zoom sessions that “kick out” attendees at random?
8) Who’s responsible for glitchy Adobe Flash?
9) Tech moves too fast. I hate having to buy dongles, adapters, and external drives because computers no longer come with several different ports and headphone jacks, CDs and DVDs are almost obsolete
10) I have one word regarding the issues connected to social media, YouTube and the like… EMP.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not tech challenged or wish to return to the Stone Age, but mishaps with computer circuitry cause me to experience too many moments of eye-rolling, sighing and sucking my teeth.
Just sayin’.

Last edited 3 years ago by Cuz
Sidd Narayanabhatla
Sidd Narayanabhatla
3 years ago
Reply to  Cuz

I feel your pain😂 especially the zoom part!
Also, Adobe no longer supports flash. They took it down.

Tracie Stewart
Tracie Stewart
3 years ago

My teenage boys require an inordinate amount of patience 🙂. I reduce stress with deep breaths and constant reminders that this too shall pass. Also I have a mother who reminds me that 16 year old Tracie wasn’t exactly perfect…. but I turned out ok. It’s part of the process… My son is a “Bamboo Tree”….

Denise McConnell
Denise McConnell
3 years ago

I need to have patience with my rate of progress on my goals. I think more sleep and dreaming 😴 will reduce my stress.