Waiting is a tough virtue to have

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My Views

By The Staff

The waiting game.

I’ve never been good at it.

Patience is not a virtue.

But you learn to adapt in certain situations.

For example, when a governmental body goes behind closed doors to talk about litigation, potential litigation, what they perceive to be possible litigation, personnel issues, land acquisition and collective bargaining issues.

And whatever other issues may arise, which aren’t legal but seldom proven.

The audience has little to do but to mill around, share a few rumors and maybe pick up a tidbit of information.

And when that is done, there is the waiting.

In 25 years, I’ve done my fair share of waiting for executive sessions to conclude. I wish I had kept a list of how much time I’ve spent waiting for officials to reappear from behind the closed doors.

And the number of times I’ve heard - “no action was taken” - which is legally true.

Any votes must be taken in public session.

Most of the time, the “no action was taken” comment is followed by the “do I have a motion to adjourn?”

Trying to utilize that same patience, sitting in a hospital waiting room is still different.

You have plenty of people to watch, more variety than you see at the governmental meeting.

The conversations are all different as they are also playing the waiting game.

While the waiting at a city meeting might be in anticipation of a big decision, it doesn’t compare to the anxiety caused when awaiting word on a person’s health in the hospital or doctor’s office.

Unless you have family waiting with you, the time spent in the hospital waiting room slowly trickles by. How many soap operas can you watch until the doctor comes in to give the word on your spouse’s condition?

A really neat trick at my latest waiting episode was that the nurse in the surgery would call every 30-45 minutes to give an update.

You don’t see that on those TV shows.

Waiting is a test of one’s patience. And patience is supposed to be a virtue.

I think it’s a virtue that could be a learned skill. But it’s a lot easier to tolerate at a governmental meeting than in a hospital waiting room.