Then he waited impatiently for 15 minutes more. After that, he became angry. Seeing one of those photograph booths nearby (the kind that accepts coins into a slot and takes four shots while you pose on a small bench), he had an idea.
He would show his wife how angry he felt about the long wait. So he assumed the most ferocious expression he could manage, which wasn’t difficult under the circumstances, and in a few moments he was holding four small prints that shocked even him! He wrote his wife’s name on the back of the photographs and handed them to a clerk behind the desk. “If you see a small, dark lady with brown eyes and an apologetic expression, apparently looking for someone, would you please give her this?” he said. He then returned to his office content that, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then four photos must be a full-blown lecture!
His wife saved those pictures. It wasn’t many months later that she filed for divorce and one of the exhibits that were used in the divorce proceedings was how her husband looked when he was angry.Even the judge remarked it looked like she was married to a beast! She carries those pictures in her purse even now and shows them to anyone who asks why she got divorced! Now you might say it wasn’t very fair of her, but losing our patience often shows up the worst in us. How are you with patience? Don’t you think it’s worth learning to be patient?
Somebody called it “wait-training.” It seems that there is always something we are waiting for. We wait on traffic. We wait in lines. We wait to hear about a new job. We wait to complete school or to retire. We wait to grow up or for maturity in a child. We wait for a decision to be made. We wait for someone to change his or her mind. Patience is an essential quality of a happy life.
After all, some things are worth waiting for. Every day presents plenty of opportunities for wait training. We can resent waiting, accept it or even get good at it! But one thing is certain - we cannot avoid it. What about starting a wait training program today?