I am impatient. I have gotten better over the years but I still have this nagging problem where I want results quickly and on my terms. It happens often when I think other people should be on my schedule. Not sure where I got this from, I am guessing it’s a natural thing about me.
When I have a project in the works I set goals for myself on when it needs to be done so I can meet later goals. Unfortunately I find not everyone else is on my schedule. No fault of theirs really but I end up getting annoyed. For example, the hubs. I will ask him to do something and then I wait for him to do it. Seems reasonable right? And sometimes his lack of getting it done on my time is unfair. Like a bowl of chicken soup I made months ago that is still on the fridge that I asked him weeks ago to get thrown out. I ask him again and wait another week just to get more pissed off and then we have a fight and it ends with him angrily throwing it out. It’s like that with everything with him. And sometimes I am unfair, like if he is busy with work and yet I get irritated because he hasn’t taken care of something that can wait but I am just too anxious.
How about emails? I have this horrible habit of demanding that my email box is empty because I have responded to them all. Seriously. I get into sweats if I see emails sitting there. Even just one. And then when I email people and they don’t respond within 24 hrs I am worried. I start thinking they didn’t get it. Or they don’t want to be bothered but don’t have the heart to say “stop emailing me!”. Sometimes that is the case but pretty rarely. Usually it’s because they are busy with other projects and I am on the back burner. Which in reality is ok but I still get mad that I haven’t been responded to. Like I am the most important person in the world. I am, right?
How about customer service? Yea that one bites. Especially in dealing with Walmart and a gas station. I had recently won one of the WalMart visa cards. It can be used anywhere, it just has their logo on it. So I used it. Had a balance. Then hubs used it and it got screwed up. Not his fault, just a technical issue. He had used it at the gas station and their system crashed while in transaction. Once they got it up and running he tried it again just to have it denied. He came home and we checked the balance online, the transaction went through. Except we didn’t get gas that day. And we needed it. Badly. So hubs called customer service and we are told we have to talk to the gas station about. So he goes down there only to find out that we have to catch a manager on duty. Can’t call because they don’t seem to know WHEN a manager will be in. So here we are, out $30 and with nothing to show for it. And the people associated with the card, Walmart (according to the associate we spoke to on the phone), won’t remove the charge until we talk to a manager. Freaking ridiculous! I have had Visa gift cards before but I have never had this situation happen, so yea I don’t know if this normal or not.
So today is all about patience. Because in the end it always gets worked out. In the meantime I spend a lot of time cussing people for their inability to work on my schedule.