Hurry burry, thats the worry!

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Patience is certainly a virtue, but not of mine.  Impatience,  I know is not the best thing to claim but its just one of those innate things I seem to possess.   This one quality manifests itself in myriad ways, the common ones being –

o   As I wait for the lift, I am overcome by this tendency to press the button a few times till it arrives.

o   When I use my dongle (I’d rather not name the service provider here) my laptop takes a little more time than usual to load every page– so there I am tempted to Refresh & Refresh

o   When I frequent  restaurants, am  taken over by this urge to ask for the bill even as the desserts are in progress…(of course I mostly refrain from doing so these days, to avoid the dirty glare of my husband!)

Well I had practically singled myself out for a long time, as one of the ‘few’ impatient idiots nature has produced….but now am thinking that’s not true – I mean the ‘few’ part.

Well look around me……

·         When I travel by train I notice that few minutes before the arrival of the destination station (even if it’s the last one) everybody is in a frenzy to get their luggage moving and is all packed and queueing in a line towards the exit.   Thinking about it, the picture is one of a contingency requiring instant expulsion of oneself on arrival at the station.

·         The obvious – when signal goes green, the accelerators are all on full throttle.

·         You go to temple for a darshan, well the lesser gods have strategies to ensure that the queues could be avoided with a premium charge  for the impatient, or should I say the more blessed.

·         Go to a bank, a theatre, anywhere, there is always more than one who tries to jump the queue.  They must have mastered the art of ‘breakthrough’ thinking.

All in all, am convinced, it’s probably a cultural psyche that exists – perhaps more akin to our country and  perhaps driven by the innate competitive environment .  I have no pride in saying this though.

I know I have a loooongggg way to go & here i end, not because i have no more to say but i’ve run out of patience, as usual!

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4 responses »

  1. patience is not a virtue many times. sometimes unless you are impatient nothing moves. like …
    1/in market place unless u really hurry – they take all the time in the world to weigh and give us the vegetables….

    this happened yday in big bazaar – we had to shop a lot of things – bought things worth around 5000 rs.. and then there was this plastic box which was rated Rs.87 but then a sticker saying offer price Rs.37 – the billing section wanted to recheck on that and it took endless minutes….. i was patiently waiting for more than 10 mintues to get them sort it….. then literally had to bark to get them moving…… finally i ditched the box and got home with the rest of the items…. 🙂

    • 2.
      June 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      Priya, Patience is positive and defiitely a virtue and it pays,whereas impatience is negative and drains out your i
      energy. What you have experienced is experienced by everybody everyday. Mr.G.K. Chesterton , a renowned English essayist had to wait for a bus in a bus stop. But the expected bus did not turn out in time and when it turned out it was overcrowded and Chesterton could not board the bus, a phenomenon not unusual to Chennaites. A seasoned optimist he was who always sees a cup half full instead of half empty, always sees a silver lining amidst dark clouds, and is happy to see the beautiful and fragrant roses amidst thorns instead of thorns amidst roses, organised his thoughts and put them into an essay on the advantages of waiting for the bus. The essay was published and he got paid. Many of his essays on how to make the best of a bad situation got published and he was paid. All his published essays found their places as study materials in text books for college students, myself being one of them. Don’t you see clearly that it was his attitude that took him to his altitude.
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  2. Priya, Patience is positive and defiitely a virtue and it pays,whereas impatience is negative and drains out your i
    energy. What you have experienced is experienced by everybody everyday. Mr.G.K. Chesterton , a renowned English essayist had to wait for a bus in a bus stop. But the expected bus did not turn out in time and when it turned out it was overcrowded and Chesterton could not board the bus, a phenomenon not unusual to Chennaites. A seasoned optimist he was who always sees a cup half full instead of half empty, always sees a silver lining amidst dark clouds, and is happy to see the beautiful and fragrant roses amidst thorns instead of thorns amidst roses, organised his thoughts and put them into an essay on the advantages of waiting for the bus. The essay was published and he got paid. Many of his essays on how to make the best of a bad situation got published and he was paid. All his published essays found their places as study materials in text books for college students, myself being one of them. Don’t you see clearly that it was his attitude that took him to his altitude.

  3. 30-50% of our Indian population is affected by anxiety 🙂 Don’t ask me how I got this number because it is a known fact that 65.5% of all statistics are made up 🙂
    Some article I said recently mentioned that there was a unusually higher level of lithium (known anti-depressant) in the water supply for a town in a country and they found there was 0 suicide rate in that place. I am guessing the panic-attacks, anxiety, OCDs (obsessive compulsive disorders) etc may also have been lower there in general.
    I am not asking us to mix anti-anxiety pills in our water supply. But saying that our population is, stressed out in general, leading to various problems like increased anxiety, etc. etc.

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