Sometimes big inspirations follow small storms of frustration. I don’t like storms. I like candy. And rewards. And that feeling of pride experienced after I figure something out. I don’t experience that feeling as often as I’d like to. It’s not that I can’t figure things out. Sometimes I simply insist on getting in my own way.
Case in point: Google+ offers a collection of technological tools that allow us to conference with others and utilize programs that provide us with the means to work on multiple projects at the same time in separate cities …. even when I’m at home wearing bunny slippers. There’s a problem here, though, called a “learning curve.”
Like most people, I like things fast. I don’t mind hard work; I just want to hurry up and get it done so I can rapidly move onto other things. I want it done yesterday. And I know this is not the most efficient use of time. Fast is good for sports cars, relay races, and typing classes. Fast often complicates matters when we are working on coming to consensus, building relationships, and …. unfortunately … learning new things. Fast is especially difficult when we lack the knowledge to effectively maneuver the tools.
Yesterday, I could not sync the calendar on my new iPad with the calendar on my laptop. I’ve done it before. I set aside time in my schedule to figure it out. Twenty minutes. Then I postponed an editing project until tomorrow. I told the dog I’d walk her later. I ate a big bag of M&Ms. Although there were many on-line tutorials, support documents, and instructional videos on the Internet that could walk me through the steps I needed to learn how to use the tools, I wasted twenty minutes and six hours trying to figure out how to do it myself. I allowed frustration to become obsession. I refused to do what I knew was the right thing to do. I refused to allow myself time to learn and commit to the work of learning. I wanted to do it my way. Now. And I could not figure it out by myself. I hate the Internet.
I finally gave up.
When I feel myself drowning in frustration, YouTube is my default refuge. I found an exuberant celebration of music created by the folks at T-Mobile: a flash mob welcoming passengers to Heathrow Airport in London. Pure magic. And I wondered, as I watched them sing, “That must have taken hours of practice.”
Lightning bolt. It took work. And it took time. Lots of it.
I meadnered over to Pinterest to look for an inspirational affirmation that could replace the “I am a loser and will never learn anything again” tape in my head. The first encouraging quotation I saw on Pinterest was enough, “Let’s not try to figure everything out all at once.”
In her book, Tell Your Time, Amy Lynn Andrews explains why our goals often go unmet. She states, “We don’t like to wait,” and “We don’t like to work.” She insists that waiting and work require patience and sacrifice. I get the “work” piece of the puzzle; I’m a hard worker. But wait? Not so much. It appears that I sometimes prefer running fast in no direction than walking slowly to learn the process. And, like a finely tuned sports car, we need both gears (patience and sacrifice) for the machine to work.
Rather than taking advantage of the learning tools available to me and investing the time to learn how to use the tools, I wasted hours trying to figure it out myself. Amy adds, “It is difficult to keep the final goal in mind when the need for patience and sacrifice stares us in the face. Our problem is not so much a conscious choice to abandon our goal but an unconscious aversion to waiting or working.”
But there’s also a third piece here … and it’s related to trust and belief in a Higher Source. If I believe that my thoughts and perceptions contribute to my present choices and circumstances, then it is also up to me to trust that, as I learn, Divine direction will bring the information as I need it at the perfect time. And, once again, I learn to … wait. It is in the waiting, in the learning, in the prayerful reflection, in the trusting and believing … coupled with the work that the answers and the next step become clear. When we commit to both the work and the wait, we firmly place our faith and our feet on the track which leads to fulfillment.
Dreams do come true. And calendars do sync. If I’m willing to wait. And learn. And work. And believe.
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