I’m awful at waiting. Horrible, actually. As I wait for answers, my mind goes a mile a minute, playing out various scenarios in hopes of figuring out what is going to come of the situation. Occasionally, if I am waiting for someone to do something for me, I’ll just do it myself because they haven’t done it fast enough!
Instead of patiently letting time pass until I receive a resolution, I prefer to juggle ideas around, often worrying when there is no reason to! Silly, I know, but true. Exactly how much brain power am I wasting with this inability to wait?
Many people tell me that I’m one of the most patient people they know. I guess that means that I must be good at hiding how I really feel! I can definitely improve in several areas. The main one is getting my children to finish a chore, and giving them enough time to complete it. “Clean your room,” I say, obviously meaning right then as I am asking them. They perceive it as, “oh, I better get this done within 2 weeks!” Don’t get me wrong, my kids are fabulous and I can’t say I have problems with them doing what I ask, it’s just that sometimes it seems to take them f-o-r-e-v-e-r to finish and it drives me nuts!
Another thing that causes my impatience level to rise is getting laundry done. Are you with me? It’s like the job that never ends…it just goes on and on, my friends! My children do their own laundry (unless I’m feeling particularly helpful and switch loads or throw one of theirs in with a small one of mine) and I’m grateful for that. All I ask is that it actually makes it into the drawers in their rooms instead of staying in the dryer, in the basket of clean clothes, or in a heap on the floor at the end of their bed. Maybe if they could just finish it by folding it and putting it away I wouldn’t cringe!
As I am writing this, it strikes me that maybe it isn’t the waiting that I struggle with as much as it is the need to control the way others complete a task. Either way, I’m sure I would save myself a lot of unnecessary irritation if I could just wait patiently for things to get done.
I need to relinquish the need to be the regulator of the universe and everything in it. I’m sure that will free my mind up for some amazing undertaking that could actually benefit others. I wonder how long that will take?
What makes you bonkers? How do you deal with it?