"Patience Is A Virtue!"

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
June 27, 2011 6:47pm CST
I think most of us have heard that expression at some point and I reckon years ago it was most probably true because our pace of life was slower and the population was less, therefore not as many people rushing around bumping into each other or buying stuff lol. Our digital landline phone died the death the other day. At first, I thought, "Right, I shall send off for some re-chargeable batteries from Amazon, that will do the trick..in the meantime I'll charge up the older ones." I did all this but the old batteries failed to ignite the handset although the base still worked. How odd. Now, the impatience comes in when I read an email John sent me from his work and in it he says that if the phone still isn't working when he gets home do you fancy going to Comet for a new one? Well, all I did was reply and say, "Yes, alright...but I don't want you getting ripped off" instead of, perhaps weighing up the options..waiting for the BRAND NEW batteries to arrive from Amazon (I haven't cancelled the order), and testing the phone again before committing to a new one. I thought about this option for about a second and I'm wondering if that would've been the case say, 10-15 years ago.. or longer. Why are we so quick to replace things that break? I suppose the best thing to come out of all this was the fact our new telephone was TEN POUNDS cheaper than it should be and it's a BT one I've liked for ages. Later I checked the Amazon site and it's no cheaper on there, in fact they've only taken about £5 off it. I'm so chuffed Comet were cheaper for a change as I so want that store to survive this economic slump the country is in. Perhaps we were "fated" to go into Comet after all. Are you impatient - well, with anything really..the phone is just a small example of what I'm on about. The pace of life has changed dramatically over the years and I'm wondering why that is.
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• Canada
28 Jun 11
Glad you could find the phone you wanted at a good price, YAY!! I dont have a landline anymore. We both have cellphones and save a lot of money that way. I think I was more impatient when I was younger. I remember wanting something NOW and now wanting to wait. Now I'll think of buying something and I keep thinking about it and maybe I'll end up buying it and maybe not after considerations. Of course, it all depends what it is. When our water tank busted, we had to get one ASAP and since ours was a 100 gallons, well they only had smaller tanks at the store, so we didnt buy the smaller ones, we waited for them to order a big one so we dont run out of hot water while having a shower!! So sometimes even though its a rush, I will wait to get what I want. PS: we didnt go that long without a shower as we have another water tank in another part of the house....dont ask lol.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Jun 11
Haha! Very good!
@AnupamArt (101)
• India
28 Jun 11
Well, I am not that old to have memories of the patient world! From the day I began to understand things I have seen the world moving fast. And definitely it has an increasing rate of acceleration. My country, in my short life span witnessed two revolutions. No, I am not talking politics here. The two revolutions are of the internet and I think, the world's cheapest mobile phone service system. These two big changes accelerated the things with an even higher rate. And yes, we are impatient. One example is of the useless and frequent mobile phone call exchanges while waiting for somebody on a predecided spot for, may be, 5 minutes or so. We make a call to fix the time and place. It may take two calls sometimes. Then one of us reaches the spot. Other calls -'Have you reached?' First says 'yes. But I can't see you!' - 'I am at the corner shop. Reaching you in 5.' Then after two minutes, the first dials -'have you reached macD near the Banyan tree?' -" Ya!" After 2 minutes more second calls -' Hey I am here. But I can't see you! What color are you in?' -' I am wearing a orange coat and green pants. Shoes are purple. the cap is I don't know and ya I am not wearing a wristwatch. Can you see me now?' - Here the answer is hopefully 'yes'. But it may take another couple of calls too. Now what is this? Yes, impatience! However, being in theater I know, you have to keep digging into sh*t for a long long time then only you get a tiny shiny gold. Theater has taught me to be patient enough to reduce phone calls before meeting my girl to 2 or so. Yet, I call!!!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
28 Jun 11
Goodness me you do have a lot of patience with making calls. If that happened over here patience would be wearing very thin I can tell you. I love that comment about "digging lots of sh*t before finding tiny, shiny gold" and I shall try to remember that to motivate myself when I'm feeling a bit down. Thanks so much!
@inertia4 (27651)
• United States
28 Jun 11
I believe that people are impatient today is because there is no time to do anything anymore. We are quick to replace an item that does not work because they do not make things like they used to. I certainly do not have patience with anything. I like things done yesterday. I am one that expects something that I bought to work and work properly. If it does not, I am going right back to the store. But the lifestyle today is why we have no more patience.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
28 Jun 11
That's very true. In fact, my old computer lasted 9 years which is extremely unusual. The reason for that was; I bought the dearest one in the shop..ironically from Comet and the lady who sold it promised me it "wouldn't be obsolete in 6 months!" I shall be very surprised if this one lasts the same length of time as it wasn't exactly dear. I guess you do get what you pay for...if you're lucky!
@free_man (7337)
• United States
28 Jun 11
Hi Janey. They make things to break these days so we will have to spend our hard earned money on a new one this or that. I am not impatient I do what I have to do till all options are exhausted and I know there is nothing else I can do to fix what ever it is. If I had the money to spend on what ever I wanted I would still do everything possible to fix what I can fix. I am a tight wad when it comes to spending money. Even when I spend a penny it has to be on something that will last at least a year. But these days they companies make things to only last a little while so we will have to buy a new one of this or that. Glad you got one cheaper and one that you really wanted hope you can get the other one fixed for a back up. Our compressor went out over a year ago and we just plain don't have the money to replace it been praying that we would find one before the holidays comes back around. Well God put it on the heart of someone we know to give us a used air compressor last night. The guy is going back to his home in CA soon. I just mentioned that we needed an air compressor he has several around his shop. So he gave us one last night thank God.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
28 Jun 11
That's amazing news my friend. What's an air compressor? Never heard of that before. I love the expression "tight wad" as it's used here too.
• Philippines
28 Jun 11
I ripped the bottom part of my shoe from the top part once and bought a new one to replace it. Yep, we are so quick replacing something when it breaks and I'm also wondering why. I mean, I could have fixed it with a mighty bond or something but instead I bought a new one that's as cheap the day after. Maybe it's because as long as we have the money we'll always settle for a new one. I know that sounds affluent but that's who I am, in some cases at least.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
28 Jun 11
At least we had our old phone for quite a while (and it did break) before we got another one. John realises that I use the phone to ring my Mum up, which is something very important to me..so it was sweet of him to drive me to the store and buy me a new one. This is why I'm so pleased it was £10 cheaper than it should be as it was a phone I'd always liked but thought it was too dear at its original price.
• Pamplona, Spain
28 Jun 11
Hiya Janey, Hope you are enjoying your new digital Phone then. I love Comet and Currys if they still exist and I love ordinary land line phones. One Guy has got one in his Bar one of the old 1950s one and it still works too and still has the original dial on it. When you pick it up and listen it sounds like someone is frying chips on the other end (grin) anybody remember that? All mobile phones here are suffering cut offs in coverage best way I can describe it. Also the Radio in the Car cuts off for about five mins at a time but since I am not interested in the News on there I really don´t mind except for when I am listening to a nice Song and off it goes. You try finding one single music Shop here as well you might as well look for a needle in a haystack (grin). Way they go I suppose. xxx
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
28 Jun 11
Hello! I AM enjoying my new digital phone thanks! I used it earlier to ring Mum (who's a bit depressed over her job situation and I can only do so much to help her..she needs to do it herself but her mind is so mushed up) and I'm chuffed that the thing works. Yes, Comet is hanging on (but only just) and I guess the likes of Amazon have taken a lot of trade away from them which is why I was very pleased that John could buy the phone cheaper in Comet this time round. I DO know what you mean about the sound of "someone frying chips" lol. At Christmas I bought Dad one of those plug-in telephones with the big buttons on it and he's already used the stored number feature which means he doesn't have to dial full numbers. It's an absolutely brilliant phone and the best thing about it..if there's a power cut that phone can still be used. If John had the money we'd have one of those upstairs but we're watching the pennies and that's that!
• China
28 Jun 11
You used to order stuffs from Amazon,but this time they only took about £5 off it,instead ,the new telephone from Comet was 10 pounds cheaper than it should be.there is a keen competition among the industry of domestic electric appliances.Sometimes patience is money.What if Amazon send off re-chargeable batteries?because you didn't cancelled the order.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
28 Jun 11
I havne't cancelled the order because this new telephone uses the same batteries..so that's lucky!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
28 Jun 11
One of the reasons that we are in this ecomomic mess is because of the built in obsolesence of consumer goods. We don't expect things to last and that is something that manufacturers depend on. In many cases it is a matter of design. A phone is a phone. But they package it in such a way that we want to replace it only a year or two after buying the last one. And if we don't the the batteries give out forcing us to at least think about it. This is only a post war phenomenen brought about by mass production. We have been encouraged to have these things and to make it easier we can borrow the money with which to buy them easily. Then the debt recovery industry kicks in and lets us borrow even more to pay back what we shouldn't have borrowed in the first place. No wonder people want to be bankers. They are the only ones smiling at the dnd of the day!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
28 Jun 11
Well, I've no money to borrow with and I wouldn't do it anyway..it's a mug's game..just ask my hubby!
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
28 Jun 11
"But time is gold!" That's usually what me and my friends answer back to that expression, jokingly that is. Anyway, I'm the type that tries to find for solution first before going for a new replacement, but recently I've noticed that I've grown lazier and more impatient and just want to get things done immediately.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
28 Jun 11
Plus the fact there are bargains to be had, although our new telephone had £5 VAT (Value Added Tax) included in the price. I hate VAT, you have to pay it on practically everything you buy over here.
@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
28 Jun 11
I am actually pretty patient most of the time. Unless I think I am being ignored. I would have thought about how long I had the phone, them make my decision about getting a new one. My son has been using my old laptop and it has been dying for about three or four years, total. It finally gave up the ghost. He still could have done something like buy a similar computer and scavenge the parts and spend the time to fix it. He has decided that he will be better served by getting a new computer. He is waiting until he saves the money.We weigh our options.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
28 Jun 11
For me yes it is so be take it so that no bad moves around us.