People keep telling me to run for an elected office, and my automatic response is always leeriness. The hierarchical nature of any bureaucracy restricts initiative and that’s my main strength. There’s also always too much talk and too little action. I’ve been to far too many meetings and read far too many weblogs where people feel perfectly comfortable telling how things should be, but do no work themselves to make those things come about. Actionless policy ideologues are really just public masturbators.

My mother used to always sing the patience song to me, but it never stuck, and my natural impatience becomes initiative when I put it into action. I can’t count the number of times this year that people have asked me if I’m running for the board of TWDC. There was a time when I thought that working for TWDC would be good for me and the neighborhood, but now I can better appreciate the strengths of unaffiliation; much in the same way that I refuse to be affiliated with a political party. I don’t have to play favorites, focus my work on appeasing someone’s ego, or lick any boots. I’m my own boss and I get much more accomplished that way.

11 thoughts on “Initiative

  1. The patience song- is that “Be patient, be patient, don’t be in such a hurry…” I freakin’ LOVE that song.

  2. Have patience, have patience
    Don’t be in such a hurry.
    When you get impatient
    You only start to worry
    Remember, remember
    That God is patient too
    And I forget the last few lines.…
    Hellllp! Miss Pink Kate!

  3. Think of all the times when others had to wait for you!”
    I finally remembered!
    I know I made your day son-​shine!

  4. that song, the be patient song, I heard it on a tape over 20 years ago called i think ‘on the road for jesus’ starring the super gang. i’m desperate to hear it again, u dont have a copy do you?

  5. Hey,
    I have no idea who you are, but i find it very ironic that i found this blog because…I was writing in one of my blogs about how impatient i am, and at the end i put: “My mom always used to sing me and my brothers the patient song.” Then i typed it out..and i couldnt remember THE LAST LINE!! So it was bothering me so much that I googled it, and this site was one of the very few that came up…and then you said you didnt know the ending either! lol Anyways, i see now that you figured it out and that will help me sleep better.
    Random I know…but anyways, thanks for the help.

  6. PLAY SONGHAVE PATIENCE, by The Music Machine
    Have patience, have patience, don’t be in such a hurry.
    When you get impatient, you only start to worry.
    Remember, remember, that God is patient too,
    And think of all the times when others have to wait for you!

    This was and still is something that God used in my life. Patience is a gift from our creator. Through our sufferings, He uses it and gives us understanding on how we live. New Life In Jesus Christ so wonderful. Galatians 5:22 – 26. Hebrews 2:18

  7. Thank you thank you thank you. I was always a impatient kind and my Mom used to sing me than darn song all the time. So today when she was bugging me to email her something i looked for the lyrics of the song and emailed them back to her. She called my back praticly crying because she though I would never remember that song. I didnt have the heart to tell her that I just sending it to her to get her to back off and give me some time.

  8. Ive been trying to remember the last line to that be patient song for years. I was in elementary school in 1981 (?) when I heard that. I sing it now to my daughter but I never know the whole song. Thanks everybody.

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