The Waiting Game


It is not something that I like to do. I, by nature, am a very impatient person. Microwave popcorn just doesn’t seem to pop fast enough for me.

What to do when the microwave isn't fast enough?

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When I exercise, I don’t lose pounds or inches fast enough. I constantly contemplate quitting the gym.

Have a repairman come late, I am crawling the walls.

I want things done. And I want them done NOW.

But growth, the kind that matters, usually is done very slowly. You can’t literally see a plant grow unless you have a time lapse camera. You can measure it from time to time, but the Jack and the Beanstalk overnight thing is just a fairy tale.

I need to:

Be more patient with others. When I lead others, I need to look at the potential in each of my team members and plant the seeds to have them grow their potential.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind work, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
–Leo Buscaglia

Be patient with the world around me. Practice the five year rule. In 5 years, when you think back at what you are impatient about, will it really make any difference? How much energy do we all waste on things that in the long run, don’t really matter?

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
–Robert H Schuller

Be patient with myself. I drive myself crazy with all those things I can’t do. But I need to remind myself that I am just a human being. What I need to do, I will eventually do. I will find time to do what is really important. And I will prioritize.

Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.
–Saint Francis de Sales

Be patient with God. God is not finished with me yet. He’s got a long way to go. I am an unfinished sculpture — and God has the chisel. He is still busy chipping away the worthless parts. I can’t wait (see what I mean?) until I see the final product. I have problems even realizing what his sculpture is supposed to be.

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
–Joseph Addison

I really need to be more patient.

This is a guest post by Bob Sinclair. Bob Sinclair is someone who has just finished four years taking care of his father with Alzhemier’s.  Now that his dad has just died, Bob is anxiously waiting to begin the new journey in his life.  You can catch Bob write on TJ Trent’s website,

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  • Shing Degano

    Oh, the gift of waiting; once fully grasped, waiting encompasses a good journey in building patience, an antidote to that sense of wonder it brings forth to our soul. I love all the great quotes that went along with the post. It serves me well enough to sustain that kind of energy that exudes gratitude. What a beautiful day it is with God’s hand refining “within.”
    Thank you and Happy Sabbath…

    • rcsinclair952

      Maybe we can both take time to look for that “still small voice” that is God. Happy Sabbath to you, too.

    • Shing, that’s so true. Thanks for stopping by and enjoying Bob’s message.

  • Great reminder for someone like yourself that is impatient by nature. My condolences on your loss and I’m praying for you and your family, Bob.

    • rcsinclair952

      Actually, I am a type of person who is more impatient with myself. I need to stop more and appreciate myself. Writing this article reminded me to stop be kind to myself and stop and smell the roses. Thanks for commenting, Boyd.

  • Bob! LOL I am so happy to meet someone who, like myself, seems to have been born without that particularly handy grace!

    This is a beautiful post, thank you for putting these thoughts to words.

    • rcsinclair952

      Thank you for taking the time to share.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed Bob’s post Amber-Lee.

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  • Great Guest Post- thanks so much for sharing it. I found myself nodding in agreement as I read each line. I need to be more patient. Great tips.
    God bless and Happy New Year.

    • Welcome back TC! It’s been awhile since I’ve seen you around here. So glad you enjoyed Bob’s guest post.

      • Life’s been crazy busy. Barely time to breathe.

        God bless and keep up the good work.

  • Wan Muhammad Zulfikri Bin Wan

    Delayed gratification – if we can just delay our needs for instant results life would be easier.

    I have a question: Had you thought about our perception of time? Somehow I think people who are patient can mold their perception of time and that’s why it is easier for them to wait and enjoy the moments.

    • Wan, I’m not sure if Bob thought about that but I can see how that could affect the ability of people to wait.

      This idea has been something a lot of leadership experts have tossed around lately. We all have the same amount of time. It’s how you view it that really matters.

      • Wan Muhammad Zulfikri Bin Wan

        “It’s how you view it that really matters.”

        Spot on, Joe. Something to think about.