I am very impatient by nature. I like to solve problems. It’s what I do! Having participated in Odyssey of the Mind (“a creative problem-solving competition”) for seven years, I always believe that there is an elegant and swift solution to any problem. And that I can find it. And solve it.
What frustrates me is when there are problems that I can’t solve. Things that take – groan – TIME. I’m always looking for a solution: a Band-Aid here, an aspirin there, a little duct tape and a hairtie and Voila! Problem solved!
The hardest lesson I am trying to teach myself lately is patience. That in time, scars and bruises will fade, and cuts will heal. That instead of chugging coffee, I should take a nap to feel rested. That it’s okay to take a moment to find a solution, instead of banging my head into each new obstacle. That “this, too, shall pass.”
My new mantra lately, for when things go wrong, is this:
Tomorrow, it will be better.
And now, Michael Bolton drops some wisdom: