Patience Is Mindful Action

Adrian S. Potter
4 min readFeb 5, 2022

So stop defaulting to mindless busyness.

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

“Patience is also a form of action.” — Auguste Rodin

I experienced an extraordinarily shitty day of work this Friday.

Seriously, yesterday was a pure embodiment of stress. Competing goals, technical issues, unreasonable client demands, and a stressed-out staff all conspired to make the final workday of the week a formidable challenge.

When I have a day like this, I react like most people — I morph into a rusher. Busy, busy, busy. Hurry, hurry, hurry.

I have run scorching hot like that many times before — it is a common side effect of having a deadline-based, performance-driven career. Past versions of me would have reflexively fed into the toxicity, shoveling more coal into the emotional furnace until I overheated.

Karma was truly showing its ass. But when everything was decaying and my feelings had escalated into a frenzy, I did something counterintuitive.

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Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·