Preparation and patience

I’m impatient, but I’m also patient. The older I get, the more I seem to become both. I can’t figure it out.

As a child, I remember wanting things: a new bike, my first cassette tape recorder, a camera, hifi equipment and more. In those days, we saved up, putting aside some pocket money each week or, when old enough to do paid Saturday and after-school jobs, saving my wages. But I was still impatient.

I was also impatient when waiting for visitors to arrive so parties could start or for presents to be given out on Christmas Day.

I still get impatient waiting for things to happen, although I know the importance of preparation and getting things right. From experience of amateur theatre and public speaking, I appreciate how much rehearsal is needed so that on the day a performance achieves the best possible result. It’s worth every minute of hard work learning lines and going through scenes again and again.

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I’ve been working on an art project for 18 months, using certain items I find discarded on the beach and in the street. This morning, on the beach, I was thinking about how patiently I have been working on this, scouring the area for materials, sometimes feeling dejected when I go for weeks without finding anything. Only a few people have seen it and I won’t reveal it until it’s finished – I’m making a video documentary as I go along – but I’m impatient to get it finished and show it. I felt my patience had finally been exhausted and that I would never finish it – I’m 75% there – when suddenly I saw one of the items I use just sitting there on the sand, washed up by the tide. How did that happen?

[EDIT: Since originally publishing, I have found a second item on the same day. Amazing!]

It just proves that being patient works, even when we feel impatient.

The patience of preparation combined with the impatience of wanting something to happen make it all worthwhile.

I think that’s the case, but I still don’t understand it fully.

Posted in a musing.

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