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School Values and Rules

7/11/2014

Value of the Week – Patience

Patience is being calm and tolerant when difficult things happen. It means showing acceptance when you or others make mistakes. Patience is doing something now so that later it will bear fruit, like planting a seed and waiting it to grow. Patience is a commitment to the future. Patient people make the world a kinder, gentler place.

You practise patience by:

  • accepting things you cannot control, like the way other people act
  • waiting without complaining
  • not wanting everything immediately
  • taking care with your homework until it is completed neatly
  • waiting for a younger child to finish a task
  • staying calm when things don’t go your way
  • setting goals and persevering until you reach your goals
  • knowing that good things take time

 

Tips on becoming more patient

  • Try to figure out why you are in such a hurry.
  • For example: waiting for an important meeting to start. We tend to lose our patience when we're multitasking or when we're on a tight schedule.
  • Remind yourself that things take time.
  • People who are impatient are people who insist on getting things done now and don't like to waste time. However, some things just can't be rushed.
  • Remember what matters.
  • Not focusing on what matters most in this life fuels impatience.
  • Always have a positive outlook in life.
  • Always being positive is imperative with possessing a sense of patience. Remember that life is not a race but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.

 

Put patience into action

  • Think first before you react. This will give you time to settle things out in an orderly manner.
  • When you are impatient, you will easily get mad and say things that will be unproductive for you and the person you are angry with.
  • Every day is a training ground where you can test how patient you are.
  • Patience is an important skill that can help you acquire more skills as you continue to grow and learn each day.

School Rule - We do not say things to hurt others

You practise this by:

  • using polite words and manners
  • not calling people names
  • being honest and tell the truth in all situations
  • using manners when asking for something for example at the tuckshop, I-Centre or in class

 

Tips on saying nice things to others

None of us are perfect. We all have traits that make us difficult to live with at times. It’s easy to focus on what is difficult. Instead, look for what is good. If you do catch yourself focusing on negative aspects of others, remind yourself that you too have faults.

Let go of grudges

It can be difficult to release yourself from negative thoughts about how someone harmed you or made you unhappy. Such negative thoughts can eat away at you and can make you seem cold toward others. So let them go and focus on the beauty of the present moment instead.

Be kind and helpful

The key to being kind is thinking about what you can do for others. Ask them if they need help. If they don’t seem themselves and are upset, talk clearly, calmly and quietly and see if you can help.