The Price of Patience at the Door of Delay



In the Mid of 2019, I applied for a job in one of the reputable real estate companies in Africa. My interview was scheduled for a Wednesday. I was excited since I was looking forward to this opportunity.

I woke up very early and said a few prayers into the day. Whiles putting on my shirt and trouser, one thing kept ringing in my mind. I decided to confront my thoughts. I kept asking myself what if I do not come out successfully.

After 15 minutes’ drive, I got to the head office of the firm. Everyone was well dressed and looking smart.

I walked briskly and enter the elevator. When I got to the 7th floor where the office was located, everything changed.

A lot of candidates were waiting in the visitor’s room for the interview. I now understood what they termed unemployment. Well, I knew some wanted to change their jobs too. But many of the candidates’ faces in the room looked troubled. Luckily for me, I got the last seat. Interestingly, I saw some of my course mates and seniors in the room. For some, we spoke extensively, for others, we shook hands.

I resumed my seat. I pulled my bag to get my writing pad out to revise about the company. During the process, I felt a trembling foot that was causing my chair to vibrate. The persistent vibration distracted me and I decided to look into the face of the person.

When I looked into the person’s face, I saw despair in his eyes. He was frightened, troubled, and perturbed. I asked his name and so we could start a conversation. When he mentioned his name, he didn’t say anything further. I realized the conversation was getting one-side or probably I was talking too much.

When I was about to revise my notes, he asked me a question. He said, “Are you here for the same position I applied for? I said yes. Still looking straight into his eyes, I could see my reply heightened his fears. I told him almost all the people here did apply for the same position. I went ahead and told him I pray he gets the job.

He was moved by my well-wishing.

My kind gesture opened up a conversation. I got to know he was my senior and we did the same course in KNUST. But he has been unemployed for close to 7 years. When he broke this news to me, fear gripped me.

I didn’t take his number but I wished him the best of luck. When I got out of the interview room, I walked straight to him and told him, he will recover and restore his lost years.

I know others have sadder stories than this. Many are hurting due to delays in their lives. There is too much depression in our world. But amidst all one needs to build confidence in God believing that in his time he will make things beautiful. I understand it is hard to be hopeful when everything seems against you.

Certainly, we can be prepared during our delays. If you need to make changes in yourself and your environment, don’t dwell on your past. You can’t change it. Don’t worry about your future. You can’t control it. Focus on the current moment and what you can do now.

Today marks another great day in your life. You must ask yourself if whether you are repairing or preparing. Most often instead of you focusing on today and preparing for the future, you spend a chunk of time repairing your past. You will never get better if you keep dwelling in your past.

We are not guaranteed tomorrow, therefore when we are alive, let’s be hopeful that things will get better. In our hopefulness, let pray for wisdom to make the right steps and decisions in life.   But never stop taking actions.



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  1. You are really doing a great job, may God help us never to stop taking actions whiles waiting

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