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How patient of a person do you think you are? Think hard. How okay are you with letting things happen at their own pace?

Many of us may consider ourselves patient people, but find ourselves constantly pressured to rush towards one or another finish line—in work, in relationships, in life. Unfortunately, we live in a time when the virtue of patience often goes unencouraged and unrewarded, especially by the media, where instantaneous gratification prevails.

So as a society we have grown to expect things to be faster yet better, more rewarding yet easier to accomplish. It seems with the advent of technology and insta-culture, true patience is becoming more and more of a rarity.

But faster is not always better. I mean, there is an entire Aesop’s Fable on that very concept. There is a reason that patience is a virtue…

Patience is a practiced art in itself. It requires mindfulness and quiet confidence. It requires faith in yourself and others. It requires dedicated perseverance. With patience comes reward, one that cannot be attained instantly. You can’t expect to lose 10 pounds after one day of eating better. You won’t become a legendary musician after posting 1 or 2 YouTube videos. You’re not going to become a master of chess after winning against the computer 3 times.

These things all require perseverance, struggle, passion and discipline. But, in this age of instant rewards, we have become accustomed to expecting near instant results in our endeavors. And when things don’t move as quickly as we’d like, we consider ourselves failures and move on to something easier. Having patience means you’re willing to put in the work and wait for your success. It means you’re willing to wait for others. It means you’re willing to actually commit to experiencing the entirety of something, as difficult as it may be. If nothing else, it is a practice in mindfulness and being in the present.

Of course, practiced patience improves you all around. Those with patience often exhibit better decision-making skills, form stronger relationships, have greater self-confidence and feel generally less stressed. One study showed that people who were determined to be more patient were actually both healthier and wealthier than less patient people in their peer group. Cultivating a little more patience in your own life can pay off dividends in more ways than you’d guess.

At its core, however, being patient means you are confident that the best is steadily coming your way even if life is a bit of a struggle. It is a positive state of mind that allows you to enjoy the bumpy ride, knowing you’ll eventually get to an incredible destination. It’s something a lot of us should practice more. Try to find small moments throughout your day to be a little more patient. Next time things get tough, embrace the moment; don’t rush to the finish line.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-dying-art-of-patience.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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