“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
The other night I was attempting to prepare supper. We were going to have a simple supper of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. I went to the store with Maleigha and picked up two cans of tomato soup, bread, and cheese. I get home and one of the cans of soup is bean with bacon and one can is tomato. Not quite what I was planning, but that happens when you are rushing and not paying attention. I go to make the grilled cheese sandwiches, and I prepare several on a plate first as I let the pan warm up. As I go to transfer them over to the pan, they are all stuck together and stuck to the plate. Rick immediately laughs at me and says “Wow, you can’t cook!” Okay, that isn’t really what he said, but that is what I heard. As you may know, Rick does 99% of the cooking in our house. He truly loves to cook and he does a great job. I absolutely can cook, but I don’t enjoy it, and so I rush through it and don’t take my time.
I find that rushing and not taking my time has become a habit. I find that I struggle just being in the moment. This is an opportunity for me at work and at home. I TRIED to play Monopoly with the kids the other night and Yahtzee on a different night. Talk about an eye opener, I seriously don’t have the patience to even play a board game. Luckily my desire for my children to have fond memories of their childhood clearly outweighs my lack of patience. If you asked the rest of the Senior Leaders, they would agree that this is my opportunity at work as well. There are many times that I lose patience with a conversation that we are having and ask for a resolution or decision before everyone is done with the discussion. So, my personal goal for this year is to practice patience and to try to slow down and be in the moment. I would love for this to be my new habit instead of rushing and not taking time. I challenge you to think about these two questions. What is your personal goal for this year? What is your bad habit that you really want to work on? I wish you the best of luck as we journey towards self-improvement together.
“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” ~ Robert H. Schuller