If you know me personally, patient most likely wouldn’t be your adjective of choice to describe me.
But I have been thinking lately about patience and that is mostly because I started a new job that I am very very excited about. I graduated 6 years ago and I have been through 4 jobs since then. Some were good and some were not, but I continued to search, to network, and to interview.
I got rejected A LOT. Since 2012, I have applied for 393 jobs and received 60 first-round interviews. That is a success rate of 15%. It was disheartening and frustrating, but I had to be patient. It was worth the wait.
Patience is also an important trait when dealing with any environmental/waste/green tasks. Our society has pushed instant gratification on us. We use something once and then throw it out. We want something new, we buy it right now and get it shipped to our door the next day.
It seems counterintuitive to go against this, and harder, more difficult, and inconvenient, but it makes a bigger impact.
Take an extra two seconds and collect your kitchen scraps for a compost service.
Search secondhand services for exactly what you are looking for and sell your items on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and ThredUp. Or donate your stuff.
Fix up what you already have whether it is a chair, jeans, or your dress pants,
Collect personal care products and plastic bags, save your beyond repair clothing, take in your running shoes to be recycled, and return wire hangers from the cleaners.
Grow your own vegetables or join a CSA.
Shave with a safety razor.
Take action on things you don’t want like junk mail, mail not addressed you and solicitations.
Choose the slower shipping option.
All of these things take TIME, but I value the outcome more than the time it takes to bring my plastic bags back to the grocery store.
It takes patience to do these things instead of just throwing stuff into the trash can. Sure, that is easier and sure, that is faster.
But properly taking care of what comes in and out of your life is worth the wait.