For the past week, I’ve been sitting antsy in my 5 x 5 cubicle at work, in my 20 x 15 study, and laying restless staring up at my 15 x 15 room ceiling. There are a number of things that I’m definitely not good at, and leading the lineup is patience. I’m very much a go go go kind of person, and being patient has always been an ideology not often practiced by me. Let me begin by explaining why it’s hard for me.
Time is the resource constraint. Remember that movie with Justin Timberlake – In Time? I love it. The movie explores a fascinating concept where time is the new currency. If I’m going to be patient and take my time, then it means I am going to invest time in “X”. Any wise investor would then ask themselves, is this the best investment vehicle or are there other options? The process involves weighing out the possibilities and options. Keeping things simple, according to Wiki Answer there are approximately 620 verbs in the English language. Let’s say only 25% of those verbs is applicable in the given situation. That still leaves 155 possible actions that can be taken. Short of having to sit down and draw out a decision tree, this is the thought process I have to go through before I decide that not doing anything is the best option. 80% of the time I run through the list of possible the actions and have come to a decision before reaching the last resort of not taking action. This is a long and cumbersome process, and trust me not every situation will command this kind of analysis from me. An initial cost benefit is done before such a detail decision process is undertaken. If I decide that the issue is of non-importance, then I will file it into the “I don’t give a shit” cabinet and move on.
In short, if I have not taken action it could mean one of two things.
- You are so important that I have decided you warrant my time. I will practice patience.
- You are sitting in the “I don’t give a shit” cabinet.
I have rambled on for a bit, but the point is there are so many options that one can take, and yet so many chose to sit still and wait for the storm to pass…
Instead of waiting for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain.
What if the storm never passes, the door never opens, the email never comes…? No patience in this world will help you clear the clouds, open doors, or fill your inbox. So without further adieu, put on some rain boots and get outside!