Background photo by Sarah Shull
Thought for the Week
I have an impatience problem. No, scratch that, I don’t have an impatience problem, I’m actually quite good at it. My patience, on the other hand, could use some work. In fact, the number one thing I need to learn to be more patient about is learning to be more patient.
You know the old expression, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well?” Well, it’s true, but allow me to humbly add a second line: “And the more worth doing it is, the longer it will take.” In fact, the most worth doing things take a lifetime. And then some. When he received his Lifetime Achievement Oscar at age 85, Akira Kurosawa, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, was genuinely confused, remarking, “But I’m still learning how to do this.”
I’d like to be a better writer, and a better filmmaker, and a better composer. And the “worth doing” factor only goes up from there. Even more desperately I want to be a better Listener. Friend. Husband. Father. Human being. True, I may not yet have arrived at “doing them well” by the day I die, but I’ll have arrived at doing them well-er. And I’ll have learned that:
The road to wisdom?
— Well, it’s plain
and simple to express:
and err again
So, whenever you’re discouraged, tell yourself, “T.T.T., things take time, and the most worth-doing things take the most time.” Then celebrate your milestones, no matter how small…
And keep on going!
*Piet Hein was a Danish polymath (don’t try this at home) who invented a form of short, aphoristic poems called “grooks,” two of which are featured in this post.