Hello quirkywords - people say as you get older you get impatient with younger people and younger people get very impatient with people as they age. Ha, this is so true. So can you be patient and impatient at same time. .? Perhaps, as you say, it's a matter of degrees. We aren't impatient or patient, but we lie somewhere on that scale and we can move along it?
Hello terry, nice to see you on the thread. that's a really interesting note and I think you have put my same thoughts very well. perhaps patience and impatience are things we talk about in response to how we feel about something. maybe it is the subjective term for a more objective "ability to wait".
hello elizabeth, I agree. There is often no clear "winner" between acting and waiting. Usually tryign to evaluate the pros and cons is good, but sometimes you have to make a split second decision. I wonder if anybody else, other than the person making the decision, can judge whether waiting or going is the right choice? we seem to make that kind of judgement all the time when we say they are being impatient or slow to act.
E.g. I made a pretty quick call to cut my degree short and take a job that was on offer. I was 20 at the time and I had a think, then made the decision within the day.
In hindsight, I do not like the job. At the time, there was no way for me to know if I would like it or not without giving it a go, and I just didn't want to dwell on it. Was I being impatient and being too hasty? I would say yes now, but I said no at the time, and I agree with both of my perspectives!
Hello Anne74 - absolutely not alone there! Waiting drives me nuts and I can feel really insecure in that relationship after an argument. But certainly it can be a bit of give and take, and using the time for yourself sounds like a great thing to do.