When I told my partner, Phil, what this fortnight's blog subject was he laughed and said, "That'll be short and sweet - you have none!" Nice, huh? Unfortunately true, however. It's often been a bone of contention in our otherwise idyllic relationship.
Patience is a virtue I do not possess. I'm impatient with dawdlers - those who take all the time in the world to cross the street in front of my car, head down, eyes glued to their iphone, oblivious to everything and everyone around them.
I'm impatient when I visit the doctor's office . I always arrive early for my appointment, then I'm kept waiting and waiting to see him, finally shunted into yet another waiting room where I sit and wait and fume. Impatience is probably bad for the health. Along with stress, which is most likely a byproduct of impatience - which the doctor told me I must remain free of if I want to live to a venerable old age. "Well," I want to say "if you hadn't kept me waiting for over an hour I wouldn't be showing signs of stress caused by impatience, caused by your tardiness."
I'm particularly impatient with politicians who while being interviewed by, say, David Gregory, can never actually answer the question posed to them. Even when he presses for a definitive answer, they waffle around with platitudes and evasive tactics, trying to change the subject. Sometimes my impatience with them gets close to giving me an aneurism or throwing my shoe at the TV set.
Strangely enough, it's times like those when I write more. Impatient with some wishy-washy rhetoric I'll stride off to my computer and add two or three thousand words to whatever story I'm currently trying to finish. And that's one of the things I'm actually patient about - I never try to rush through my stories. If it's not working for me, I will patiently put it aside and come back later when I'm feeling a bit more inspired - like after listening to vapid politicians!
One thing I gleaned from Lisabet's post...I could never be in that kind of a relationship. Being told to wait, to be patient? Not under those circumstances - ever.