During a recent session with a client working to reconnect with himself, he reminded me of the value of patience when he said, “Eternity is going to be such a long time, I might as well learn to be patient now!”
And René, the Salvadoran house painter who paints apartments in my building and is known for his speedy yet professional work, said to me in the elevator “It’s ok, I can go to the eighth floor. I have time,” as he pushed the button to my floor and waited until I left to push the button to the floor where he was working. I thanked him for being a life saver today by reminding I have time.
Do you hit the door close button in the elevator to hasten your way up or down?
Do you refresh your email every few minutes to see if you’ve gotten the message for a follow-up interview?
Do you have it within you to wait until the mud settles and the water is clear?
Do you really expect self-help books, lose weight-fast diets and get-rich schemes to really work in one day, two weeks or 30 days?
Do you rush in as the doors open to the subway car or do you hurry by an open door as someone is leaving?
Do you get annoyed when the person in front of you has more items in her cart than the maximum for that checkout?
Do you expect a reply immediately to an email just because you’ve sent it at the speed of light?
What are the small things in your daily life that can help you to be patient?
Do you have the patience of a saint or like watching drying paint?
Do you stop and ponder?