Home > Extra Points > Extra Points: Waiting for Godot (or To Go)

Extra Points: Waiting for Godot (or To Go)

For most of last week, I waited.

My mother was admitted to the hospital on Sunday night, and over the course of days went to near death; to intensive care; on the a regular hospital unit; and finally to a skilled nursing facility to rehabilitate. That one sentence doesn’t do justice to the events in between. However, the most constant activity was waiting. I won’t bore you with the multitude of things I waited for, but at the end, I spent much time waiting for the transport to arrive to take my mother to the nursing facility. As I waited there, I was reminded of two things. The first was a flashback to my Freshman Literature class where I read the Samuel Beckett classic, Waiting for Godot. Somehow, I felt connected to Vladimir and Estragon during their seemingly endless wait. I also found that Tom Petty’s 1970’s musical standard, The Waiting is the Hardest Part, got stuck in my brain.

And so goes waiting…

In business (and in life), we also seem to spend energy waiting for – good news, bad news, promotion, new sale, new job, opening, closing, moving, new equipment, payment, new baby, new pet, kid coming from college, kid leaving the house, marriage, divorce, vacation, event, success, failure. You get my point.

I’m not sure I have an answer for waiting, but consider this suggestion as you do find yourself deep into it. You can wait with only one one of three frames of mind – happy, frustrated, or bored. Two of them are bad and you don’t need me to tell you which ones. Find something to keep you amused, interested, positive, and happy. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Fortunately, my iPhone allows me to play games, respond to emails, text my daughters, and even watch video. I used up a lot of power over the week! Be prepared to wait. It happens often to us. Be prepared to choose the “happy” option or the after effects of the other two become detrimental to your overall mental and physical health. Just ask Vladimir and Estragon…

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –
“There is man in his entirety, blaming his shoe when his foot is guilty.”
–  Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Webinar: Create Your Own Crisis Prevention Plan for Business – March 1st  Register

Register today for Alan Weiss Almost Free Event in Seattle on May 2nd. It may be his final visit to the Pacific Northwest. You won’t want to miss it!    Register

  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: