Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Waiting Game


I am not a patient person. It is something I struggle with on a daily basis. Good things come to those who wait, right? So I should just wait until right moment to hit me? I don't think so.

I had this revelation a couple of weeks ago -- I heard a woman speak who ran a very successful auto dealership group/ movie theater / sports team / race car track with her husband. (FYI, loaded!) Anyway, she talked about patience and she said something that will never leave me.

"Patience is not just about waiting. It's about actively moving your life in the direction you want it to go and putting off your immediate desire to reach that goal."

Now, that's not an exact quote because I didn't have a tape recorder, but that's what I wrote down. The point is, the old saying about good things coming to those who wait should be changed to. 'Good things come to those who work hard for their dreams and have the patience to fulfill them.'



Hang in there! (*notes to self*) Keep working at it and eventually all that patience will pay off. It's worth it!

24 comments:

Steph Sessa said...

Wow all these quotes are fantastic. I can totally relate to the "putting off your immediate desire to reach that goal" part. It's something that I have to remember that sometimes gets lost in my brain.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I am getting better at this...in some situations :) Sometimes I still just suck at patience.

i'm erin. said...

I love that quote. I must now tattoo it on my bum so I never forget.

Cassie Mae said...

I think I want to twin it up with Erin ^ and get butt tats with those quotes. (It's big enough to fit both :)

But I'm not sure if I'll have the patience to do the real thing. The 3 minute temp. tattoo will have to suffice :)

Tara Tyler said...

awesome new quote and classic old one!

i love that mentality, wish i lived by it more. maybe i'll make a reminder sticker or button...

Carolyn V said...

I love this! Patience is something I'm trying to work on, but I love that I can do other amazing things while I wait. ;)

Annalisa Crawford said...

I completely agree - every small step is a step closer.

I'm not even very good at waiting at bus stops, if the bus isn't there I much prefer to walk to the next stop than stand still.

Angela Brown said...

I've always heard the "Good things come to those who wait" statement, however, I couldn't fathom doing nothing, just sitting with palms upturned. The "good thing" is the goal we want to reach. But the goal usually isn't going to gift wrap itself and plop into the waiting palms of someone doing nothing. It's usually grabbed through patience and work. And the patience is harder then because of the work that is necessary to bring the goal to fruition.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Your translation makes sense - preparing ourselves for the moment when we can move forward.

Morgan said...

*love*

So true. ;)

Anonymous said...

No wonder I never recognize opportunity. ;o)

Jessie Humphries said...

I have a feeling that I am going to be working on this until my dying day. I'll probably be impatient about death too!! Geesh, thats a little morbid :).

Angela Cothran said...

I've never heard that quote. I LOVE it. I'm not patient either, we can work on it together.

Emily R. King said...

Great quotes! I can be really patient in some things and not at all in others. I guess it depends on how long I've already been waiting. LOL!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I've heard that the best things come to those who wait.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Loved the quotes! Her's, yours, Edison's.... All so good!!

J.J. Bennett said...

You can do it!

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

I give this blog post 10 thumbs up. I completely agree :)

Joyce Lansky said...

Sometimes I get tired of waiting. I want the end result now. :)

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Kelley Lynn said...

I think this distinction is SO important. Waiting won't work for anyone. What good is waiting if you're not putting yourself in the best position so that when the time comes, when you've been patient enough to wait for the right time, you are able to capitalize on it.

Great post J.A!

Leigh Covington said...

Okay... her quote is perfect! I am not patient either. Like... at all! This was just what I needed! I'm writing these quotes down!

Kim said...

It was so nice meeting you at Storymakers!
It is so hard to be patient - you want what you want and you want it now!

Suze said...

This was a wonderfully apt post. I'm grateful to have popped round in time to read it. Love the Edison quote.

Kamille Elahi said...

I understand you have to go out there and work for a good life but it also happens to people who were fortunate enough to have money/connections.

I have gotten better at working though recently.