One thing I’m learning is that the world moves a bit slower than I do.
Let me explain.
I write quickly, the words tumbling onto the page with the patience of a sledge hammer. Almost as if I, too, am eager to see what happens next.
And I decide quickly. I do my due diligence, of course. Ask pertinent questions, judge the answers via my BS detector, weigh it in relation to my current and longtime goals, and then say Yes or No. I don’t take weeks and weeks to get there. I do it in a matter of minutes if not seconds. My brain just works quick, you know?
In short, those pieces of my life that I have some modicum of control over move quickly. And if something I write or say or decide turns out to be too many kinds of wrong to count, I quickly admit the mistake and move to fix it any way I can.
When it comes to those pieces of life that I don’t control — that part of my own personal pie graph taking up more and more slices by the day –, well, things … move … very … very … slow.
Those I work with — or hope to work with — have other scripts to read, other decisions to make, complicated schedules to coordinate. Family, friends, associates, colleagues all wanting their time and attention. Big decisions about big projects, you know? My wants and “needs” taking a necessary back seat to their lives and (true) needs.
Now don’t get me wrong. I get it. I do. And when I need to be patient, working with a long-term goal in mind, I’m as tenacious as they come, my efforts in some cases stretching over years.
But, OMG, when it comes to the projects I’m working on now, the waiting that goes into the smallest, tiniest step forward is torture.
And this is good for me.
You see, in the past I would have worried, pacing endlessly, checking to make sure my phone had a dial tone or that the internet was working, certain THAT was why I hadn’t heard anything. Now, I put the headphones on and get back to work, well aware that the necessary pieces are in place and moving and I have no control over how quickly they move. I’ve learned that, in cases like this, patience is a virtue. Honestly.
Besides, when one thing hits — and it inevitably will –, everyone will be curious about the next thing. And it’s best to have that next thing ready and waiting instead of saying “well, I’ve got a great idea about … “
No one wants the idea. Well, they do because ideas are the lifeblood of what we do. But they prefer the script. Or book. Or play. Or Pilot. And, from a legal standpoint, as a writer, it’s best to have the idea executed in order to protect it, i.e., ideas aren’t copyrightable; the execution of those ideas are.
So the point of this Post?
Heck if I know.
Maybe I just wanted to publicly pat myself on the back for feeling like such a clever boy. Probably. And, let’s face it, it’s been a long time since I’ve had a pat on the back.
So, how about now?