This is The Spit Bridge in Mosman, one of the most beautiful suburbs in Sydney Australia. It’s got a split personality. Why? Every now and then it splits into half and half, one end opens in an upright position to allow boats taller than its height to go from one side to the other. Of course, when it is open, the traffic on the bridge has to stop and stand still until the bridge closes again which can take a while. If you don’t mind waiting, you can simply enjoy the wonderful water view around. But if you are in hurry, you’d better prey that you don’t come across the red traffic light there as the wait can be painfully long. Once you get stuck in there, there’s no turning back. The only option is wait. What about in life or in business, what would you do if you have another option other than waiting? They say patience is a virtue, unfortunately it’s just not my strongest point.
2 weeks? What?! I reacted in disbelief. Well, that’s what the bookstore staff told me when I asked her how long it’ll take for this particular book to arrive. Slightly disappointed, I still went ahead and placed an order. Once again, my patience was put to the test. Clearly I was being too overly optimistic about my capability to wait. Well into the fifth day, I started to show a sign of impatience. I could no longer hold it, so out of desperation I rang the bookstore to find out the status of my order. You can imagine how desperate I must’ve been. It was driving me wild. Not getting a satisfying answer, I thought perhaps I should try on-line. I did and within minutes I found a reputable on-line book retailer selling this book. Best of all, it was “in stock”, available for shipping next day. even at a cheaper price. I took no time to order it and long story short, the book and other 2 titles arrived in just 3 days.
I know it’s still a long way away before I become a patient person. However, I can certainly do something to keep a balance. While I’m a keen supporter of bricks and mortar stores and really want to see them survive and thrive, I’ll continue turning to on-line retailers to make a purchase on items that aren’t readily available in store. With this mind, I have the best of both worlds. I can look after both sides of businesses and take my to-be-improved-patience to the next level and make it happen!