Skip to main content

I Want it ALL... Now! And I WANT you to READ this NOW!

I want it all and I want it now, or even yesterday, if that were possible. Who doesn’t love some of that instant gratification? In today’s world I feel patience is becoming harder and harder to obtain because we are accustomed to having everything done at our fingertips . Growing up I cannot recall the millions of times I heard this from my parents, leaders, and teachers. They constantly drilled in my head that you must be “patient” and “good things come to those who wait.”

Whether my goal is better health, serious weight reduction, managing eating, starting a consistent exercise routine, or plain old disease prevention, all of these goals require moving away from old habits. The toughest thing about changing old habits is that I lose the instant gratification the old habits provide.

Stupid chocolate chips whispering to me from the freezer…

The problem is I am impatient! I want it all and I want it all NOW. I want the chocolate And I want the smaller waist line. I want fresh yummy warm bread from the oven AND non-aching joints that come from avoiding my allergy trigger foods. ARG! I want to eat what I want and sit on my butt AND be fabulously thin. (Something I have NEVER been yet mourn as though I have lost some great treasure.)

In Church today I learned that the problem is that I “don’t idle well.” The speaker used the infallible wisdom of Dilbert. Who can argue with that?

But it’s true. I can’t really think of many people who can sit quietly with themselves and “be still.”

I need to learn how to be happy at “idle”… patient with affliction… patient with what is happening around me as I just “keep swimming.”

I need some patience with the process… adding this virtue to ever-expanding list of physical, mental, and spiritual benefits: It is a tremendous teacher of patience.

I'd taken this benefit of being patient – of “being still” for granted until this afternoon, when I read an article titled Impatient Nation: I Can't Wait For You To Read This. The article spotlights our collective (and growing) need to have things right now, examines it’s how and whys, and ponders the implications.

I encourage you to read the entire article — even especially if you "don't have time" — but here's the takeaway, in a nutshell:

Bad news: "impatience can make people tense, fat and broke."

Good news: "impatience is a behavior, not a personality characteristic," meaning you can change it.

To do list for tomorrow: develop patience… NOW! LOL.

The best news for me, of course, is that as a Christian and as a parent, I am in the process of being trained to be patient. Constantly. (Patience has its roots in the Latin word meaning "to suffer" — a concept familiar to all parents… dieters… employees… employers… children waiting for a snow day.)

Think about it. Whether you're a newbie (like me friends suffering from lack of sleep with young ones), or empty nesters (like my friends suffering from lack of sleep due to worry over their grown children), or the seasoned parent of impatient teen (me… suffering from lack of sleep due to insomniac teens and their impatient attitudes) life can be, literally, an exercise in delayed gratification. Nothing teaches patience like parenting does.

Well… maybe this journey to better health is a CLOSE second.

The problem that so many of us run into when we are trying to make a change is that we neglect to really reflect on what purpose that old habit served and make sure it’s addressed in our plan for change. Let’s say snacking on chocolate chips helps me reduce boredom. If I just take away the chips and hope that my desire for a long life will motivate me to avoid the melting morsels of delight, I shouldn’t be surprised when instant gratification wins out and I end up eating them again… in handfuls.

My plan for avoiding the beckoning chips needs to provide instant gratification, i.e. quick boredom relief, not a promise of rewards some time far, far into the future. I need a plan.

I need something now!

I guess I could wait. After all, as Oscar the Grouch once said, "There'll be more trash tomorrow." I can be patient… for now.


  1. I dropped what I was doing to read this. Glad I did. :+)


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Book of Mormon Study... Title page and testimony of the witnesses

According to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “the title-page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates, which contained the record which has been translated, the language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writing in general; and that said title page is not by any means a modern composition, either of mine or of any other man who has lived or does live in this generation” (History of the Church, 1:71).

That means it’s scripture too! That is why today I start my Book of Mormon study with the title page.

I am part of the House of Israel. My children and their children are a part of the House of Israel. This Book is written for me and for them.

I love that the Title page declares that this book is a “gift”… now this book I am marking will become a “gift” for my grandson. How cool is that? I feel like Nephi, writing my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the gospel plan as I study God’s word so …

An Open Letter to Those Who Hate The School Dress Code

I have noticed a ton of resistance to dress codes in schools.  I have something to say... get over it.  
A dress code is not about body shaming.  It is not about control.  It's not about taking away individuality. The dress code is not about making social divisions.  It is not about taking away individual rights.
A dress code is about keeping a professional environment where real work happens.  Contrary to popular belief, woman don't get to wear whatever they want when ever they want in "the real world." Every profession has some kind of dress code.  Nurses, doctors, real estate brokers, vets, and even McDonald's workers have a dress code.  Even farmers and day labors wear clothing appropriate to the work they do.  School is a professional environment where the student's "job" is to be the student - to learn - and the teachers' job is to open the possibilities in young minds and to create an environment where people - all people - can learn.  Th…

Once-a-Slightly Over Month Cooking

Today may be the last day of the year, but it was the first day of the month around the Boyack house.  Today was Once-a-Month-Cooking day.  The funny thing is that it usually ends up lasting longer than a month.  Our last big cooking day lasted from September to now.  The thing is, I don't always pull from the freezer.  Weekend we cook from scratch.  However, with my voice lessons in late afternoons and sometimes play practice or performance I am too tired to think about dinner.  Making dinner ahead saved me so much money from September to Christmas that I was able to pay for half of Christmas from the savings from the food budget.  Plus, we had much healthier meals!

After collecting which recipes we wanted to make, and making a shopping list, John headed to the store around noon.  We started the cooking and assembly around 1:00 and ended all the cooking by 7:00.  In that time we made 35 dinners.  We have the fix-in's in the cupboard to make 15 more quick and easy meals.  We …