I am in the process of shopping for a dress for my son’s wedding in June. I started my search about three weeks ago. I got up early one Saturday morning and went to the mall. I tried many things on but came home empty-handed.
Next, I went online to a designer dress website. It promised that if I sent in my measurements, my dress would be custom made. I found what I was looking for and took my measurements per the instructions.
I must have measured my waist four times. I simply could not believe the number on the tape. For as many times as I measured it, the number didn’t get any smaller. Did I think it would? I decided to postpone my order until I could get my waist size back to where I thought it should be. I immediately increased my exercise program and started to watch what I eat. I even gave up my much-loved nightly glass of Chardonnay.
Every few days, I got my measuring tape out to see if I was making progress. There was absolutely no change. I even started to blame the cloth measuring tape. After all, it was my mother’s and very well used. Could it have stretched?
I finally caught on that I am not going to see a sudden change. I am so used to getting what I want instantly. Press the button and out comes the coffee. Walk up to the counter and your hamburger is already made. Drive up to banking machine and outcomes your cash. Press send on your phone and dinner is delivered.
This “instant” expectation doesn’t always work. Nor, does it teach us to have patience. I know if I keep working on my fitness plan that I eventually will see results. I must have the patience to stick to it and not let my desire for the immediate allow me to be discouraged.
Not everything is instant. Some things take time, discipline, and are worth the wait.
What things are worth the wait in your life?