Things Take Time

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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
and err again
but less
and less
and less.
~Piet Hein*

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.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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22 Responses to Things Take Time

  1. Love this wisdom. To be a better me is always a good goal, so patience with self is always a good reminder.

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  2. Exactly. My father had a prayer he’d say, “God grant me patience, and I want it right now.”

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  3. ejstoo says:

    Patience is a virtue….but time is limited.

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  4. That’s an abridged version. Piet Hein’s original goes:

    Put up in a place
    where it’s easy to see
    the cryptic admonishment

    When you feel how depressingly
    slowly you climb,
    it’s well to remember that
    Things Take Time.

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  5. So inspiring post and thoughts!
    Thank you so much for sharing…

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  6. “thing I need to learn to be more patient about is learning to be more patient” You wrote this for me didn’t you?

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  7. If you want to shorten the time, you have to awaken your consciousness. Are you aware of when you become impatient? Do you recognize it when it raises its head or do you wait until it’s full-blown to acknowledge its presence? If you become impatient because you think that what you are striving for shouldn’t take this amount of time, you have underestimated the time it takes.

    And differences in self-improvement are often incremental. When my students are frustrated with their progress, I tell them that taking a week between lessons allows me to hear the cumulation of those changes. Whereas they don’t see them from day to day because they are small. For instance, to improve your skills as a listener, you have to be “in the moment” when you’re listening. This has to be practiced.

    If it were easier to become a better writer, composer, husband, friend…would the improvements be worth much? So once again, you must improve, first of all, your awareness. What do you do right? What needs improvement? What do you need in order to think deeper into your behavior? What do you need in order to understand the thoughts and connections you already have? Get deeper into your awareness and your consciousness will expand to include your audience, your family, your community, your beliefs.

    If you would like to discuss this further, I have my hut on the top of the mountain. Bring hot cocoa.

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  8. Harshi says:

    So true! A dollop of inspiration!

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  9. K.L. Hale says:

    Thank you, Mitch. I’ll remember the 3 T’s. 💕

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  10. Great message for those of us who like to rush to results! We reap what we sow and if we sow in a hurry, we get a sloppy crop. God bless, Mitch!

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  11. capost2k says:

    Oh, God, give me patience and NOW, please! 😁

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  12. I learn the neatest things over here!

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  13. revruss1220 says:

    Thanks for this timely reminder. Not nearly enough Piet Hein quoted anymore. Or Ogden Nash, for that matter.

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