I have worked tirelessly for almost 6 months to get The Brass Lamp going. Everything hangs on the approval of my SBA loan and I have yet to get a definite answer. If you know me, I am very impatient and am known to be impulsive! If I find something I want… It’s an automatic swipe of the credit card! So all of this waiting is quite the test for me. My face is nearly turning blue! In the past, I was never mentally mature enough to understand delayed gratification… but now as I wait for an answer, I don’t have much of a choice.
I recently finished a book called, “Keep your Eye on the Marshmallow!” It’s about successful people, and this premise of an experiment of young children who were given a marshmallow and were asked not to eat it for 15 minutes, and if they refrained they would get another marshmallow. But, if they ate it, that’s the only marshmallow they’d get. Turns out, that the kids who refrained for 15 minutes, ended up doing better in life 15 years later! True study! These kids ended up getting better grades, went to college, earned more money, had better relationships, and had less of a divorce rate than the kids who ate their one marshmallow right away! Who knew that there is magic in a squishy, bland, marshmallow!? Well, there isn’t! The magic is actually in the ability to understand delayed gratification!! This is one of those times where I say to myself, “If only I knew then what I know now…”
The reality is, most great things are worth waiting for! Don’t you agree?? That job, the house, the nice car, or even the love of your life! I’m sure that we can all think of a time in our lives where we found the gold at the end of the rainbow! I’m also sure that we can think of times where our need for immediate gratifications took us down the wrong path! (Do’h, I just had a baaaad flashback!) -Oh life! Tisk-tisk!! If someone told you that you get to have a mansion with acres of land (and ponies and unicorns) if you worked extremely hard for only 5 years, you’d be an idiot if you didn’t at least attempt it, right!?
Although waiting sucks, I am certain that the reward will be far worth the wait! I have to remember that this waiting period is just a small piece of the bigger picture! Patience has never been my virtue, but I most certainly make up for it with persistence, commitment, and an insanely positive attitude!!!
If you are waiting for your second marshmallow, remember that you can’t have a rainbow without rain, and you can’t have the gold without the rainbow! And, don’t forget to share your marshmallow when you get it!!!“I didn’t fail 1,000 times, the light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps!” -Thomas Edison CHEERS, Tom!! Without you, we’d still be walking around our homes with lanterns, and the brass lamp wouldn’t have existed for me to name my bar after! (CLINK!)