Patience is a virtue. That’s what they say. Over the 24 years of my life, so far I’ve been a very patient person. I may have not had patience when it came to things like waiting to get presents on Christmas morning, or on your Birthday, but other than that, I’ve been a pretty patient person.
I have now found my patience limit, or well, my patience meter is being tested. I have applied for two jobs recently, and I’m just a bit on edge now waiting to hear if I’ve gotten an interview or not. I know this is a normal feeling, but now that I’m unemployed, the feeling of being on edge seems to be ten times worse. When waiting for news on previous job application forms, I did feel on edge to some degree, but I was still in a job at this point. Nothing was really hanging in the balance, as it were. Now it feels like everything is depending on these jobs. Also, I am very passionate about said jobs, and have so many ideas forming in my head about them that I just can’t help but feel…impatient.
I know it’s all a waiting game. I have no idea
(well some idea) as to who else has applied for these jobs, and I often wonder to myself, are they feeling the same way that I am? I’m just guessing, but half of them probably are, and then half of them are probably already in a job and not feeling the same pressure. I know these people, whoever they are, are my competition, but I sometimes wish that we could all meet up and discuss what is happening with us. What is the most important thing to me, at the end of the day, is that the right person gets the job. Ideally that person would be me, but if it is not me, I want the job to go to someone who truly deserves it.
Anyway, I’ve found that quotes often help me out when I’m feeling stressed, anxious, and at this point, impatient. Here are a few that I really like:
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”–Winston Churchill
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”–Norman Vincent Peale
“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” – Joyce Meyer
“What good has impatience ever brought? It has only served as the mother of mistakes and the father of irritation.” ― Steve Maraboli
“Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.” – Guy Kawasaki