Thought for the Day 10 July, 2017


Thought for the Day 10 July 2017

All last week, I was very busy with tasks that had to be done but which didn’t advance my overall purpose much. Most of them were tedious and more time consuming than I’d have liked. Unfortunately, however, I had to persevere because the results of these tasks were necessary to next steps that I must perform. The sad news is that I’m still not finished so I begin this week with more of the same from last week. And my Garfield Comment from Friday has been fully justified. To add insult to injury today, I’ve had one interruption after another. These have disrupted my ability to even get to the tasks that I wasn’t looking forward to doing. All in all, I feel like breaking something or hurling all my work out the window. But I haven’t done either of these two things or any other reactionary things at all. In fact, I have just sighed a big sigh and knuckled down. So, now I have a mixed feeling of frustration at not having finished the irritating stuff and virtue at not having lost my temper yet. So that leads me right to my thought for Monday, bloody Monday.

 “Patience is a virtue, which came to my rescue through last week into today!”

In today’s world of hustle and bustle, scrambling to try to earn a living, while all of the frustrations seem to pile up higher and higher, patience seems to be in very short supply. We have things like road rage, speeding drivers, people jumping the queue, pushing and shoving in public transport and many other symptoms of a complete lack of patience. Over the years, I have tried to be patient and not always succeeded. But, when I’m challenged and impatience threatens to escape, I remember the advert where the young boy is telling his dad about the kids at school fighting over whose dad’s car is the best. Dad asks him what he said and he replies, “Nothing, dad, I just smiled!” Now, that’s patience.

So like the penguins of Madagascar, ‘smile and wave, boys, smile and wave!’

Have a fantastically patient week.

Cheers, Dave


About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.

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