Patience is apparently a very difficult undertaking for many. We live in a society that expects things now. Probably my biggest pet peeve is the way people drive! Always in such a hurry.
Over the years I’ve completed a lot of big projects, many all by myself, and had to come up with ways to coach myself to complete them.
One that came to mind first was a landscaping job I was doing back in about 2004. I had promised these folks that I would have everything completed by a particular Saturday morning. Of course I promised other people that I’d have other work done prior to that too 🙂
I finished the second to the last job on Thursday, couldn’t find anyone to help me on Friday and was faced with what so many would have called an impossible situation. Not to be beaten that easy, I got to bed as early as I could and got going a little earlier than normal the next morning. Before I could even complete the pruning the mulch arrived. 22 yards of mulch! If you don’t know how much mulch that is, look it up. By the time I finished the pruning, cleaning out and edging of the beds it was already after 3:00pm. The clients were not happy and they just knew their party guests were going to be greeted tomorrow by a big ole pile of mulch in their driveway. I told a little white lie and let the clients think that I had help on the way.
Meanwhile, I started shoveling and loading those wheelbarrows, dumping them and spreading that mulch. I would have so many different conversations with myself but all of them included, just keep going, just one more time, JUST ONE MORE BITE!
My family brought me dinner out to the job about 9’Oclock that night and I finished just after midnight but I got it done. It wasn’t the biggest “impossible” but it is one of those “impossible” things I did that stuck with me and help make my current “impossible” tasks seem so simple.
Appreciate what you have, don’t let the things you can’t control consume you, focus on what’s most important, don’t sweat the small stuff and take one bite at a time. 😉
Have a fantastic week!