We were once asked to fill out a questionnaire at work that was meant to assess our strengths and weaknesses. The survey had over 150 questions and we were meant to share our results with our group when done. After the 10th question, I gave up, there was simply no way I was going to sit through the remaining 140. I decided instead to ask my husband what he thought my strengths were, and what areas I could improve on.
“On the positive side,” he said “you are resourceful, always wanting to learn new things and you get along well with others.”
“But…” I asked.
“Well, you’re impatient” he told me. ”Impatient?? I’m not impatient!” I protested.
“You are – you can’t even sit down long enough to fill out a survey!” he answered.
When I want something, I want it right NOW. The smallest hint of delay can frustrate and exasperate me.