It is probably fair to say most people are loathed to spend time waiting patiently. In some cases it could be certain folk are actually unable to spend more than a few minutes on the exercise. Others may have merely decided they are never going to wait for anything or anyone.
Yet when circumstances permit – or we control ourselves enough to undertake it – waiting patiently can bring unexpected benefits. The first of these could be related to a calming down of ourselves as we engage in the unusual activity of doing nothing else besides waiting.
Doing just one thing rather than spread our energy across a number of matters offers the mind a chance to catch up as it were.
Another potential advantage connected to waiting patiently is the opportunity we give ourselves to appreciate life at a pace different from the frenzied one we might engage in on a daily basis. Seeing our surroundings from this perspective allows us to embrace further our position in the world.
So often the richness of our existence is lost in the hustle and bustle of our ‘normal’ routine. That birds sing, clouds drift across the sky, some people actually smile and so on, can easily be lost to us if we are not waiting patiently, but huffing and puffing instead about time lost here or there.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).