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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