Pause. Patience. Perspective.

Cindy JobsOrganization, Uncategorized

Parts of the yesterday really tried my patience.

I had a wonderful opportunity to visit a friend in her new home and play a round of golf in beautiful 84-degree weather.  The day was magical . . . until I started what should have been a 2-1/2 hour trek home.

Then I encountered . . . .

Accidents:  Four of them to be exact.  It was during commute time.  There were no “alternate routes” available.  These four accidents would ultimately result in an additional 2 hours of travel time.  I was frustrated.  Then I was thankful.  I was in a comfortable, safe car.  I had no critical timeline in which I needed to be somewhere.  I was not involved in any of the accidents.  Pause. Patience. Perspective.

A slow driver:  Honestly!  They were driving 10 MPH under the speed limit. What’s up with that?  I was tempted to do the ol’ flash the lights routine because I assumed it was some young whipper-snapper texting and not paying attention.  Nope, it was an elderly couple looking at a map and trying to find their way.  I would have felt horrible had I made their trek even more stressful by my impatience.  Pause. Patience. Perspective.

A broken Frappuccino machine:  I jumped off the freeway long enough to complete a coaching call with a very motivated client that I‘ve been working with for some time.  After the call, I decided to treat myself to a frappuccino for the next 90-minute drive home.  The sign said the frappuccino was 490 calories.  That’s a lot of calories for a drink in my mind, but I decided to treat myself.  Five minutes later the manager told me the machine was broken and he needed to refund my $5.62.  I could have been upset, but honestly, I was relieved.  I really didn’t feel good about it anyway.  Pause. Patience. Perspective.

So, what did all of this teach me?  The power of pausing, taking a second to engage with some patience, and thinking about a possible different perspective.

How would you benefit from practicing pause, patience, and perspective?

Cindy Jobs




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