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Apr 26, 2010
Throwing themselves headfirst onto the floor. Holding their breath. Launching their favorite toy across the room. All hallmarks of the "terrible two's."
Impatience and upset are usually just an argument with "what is". The truth that young two-year-olds eventually figure out is it's their forehead that gets a goose-egg when they hit the floor; it's their face that turns blue; it's their toy they just destroyed. If their parents have any hoofta, the two-year-old quickly learns that the tantrum won't change the facts or their reality... it will just hurt them.
And yet, even for young 50-year-olds like me :>) ... there's still a lesson in there somewhere.
The 70 mph pace on the freeway which, on any other day would be perfect for me, is grinding into my last nerve today because... I'm late for my flight. As I white-knuckle the steering wheel and notice the incessant tapping of my left foot on the floorboard... I remember... I'm just having an argument with reality... and my little temper tantrum won't change it. It will though very likely hurt me.
Leaders choose. They are always at choice. I choose to accept this. I choose to slow down. I choose that if I miss my flight, I'll catch the next one. I choose that if there is no "next flight" and I'm late to my client meeting... I'll learn. I swear, maybe I'll learn. Any way I slice it ... I'm better "at choice."
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"Impatience is a testimony of fear.
Impatience puts unrealistic and less than wholesome pressure on you.
Impatience is the opposite of having trust in the Universe.
Impatience is taking control back from the Universe."