Patience is Still a Virtue

I’ll admit to being a very impatient person. When I want something, I want it now. Of course, life doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes we have to wait for what we want.

Conventional wisdom often tells us that good things are worth waiting for, and certainly there’s a bit of truth in that.  I saw a clear illustration of this principle in the life of stand-up comedian, Benjamin Caldwell.

At the MicHe began his comedy career at the age of 20. It wasn’t always easy, and for a long time he earned very few simoleons. But he kept at it.

He met the love of his life a few years later, married her, and together they had two children. His wife stayed home to care for the family while Benjamin spent night after night, telling his jokes on whatever stage he could find. Sometimes the audience laughed; sometimes they didn’t.

All the while, Benjamin kept at it. Someday, he said, he’d be a star.

Years passed. Five years, ten years, twenty years. Benjamin kept working, writing comedy routines by day and telling the jokes by night. Slowly he began getting a bit of name recognition. It felt good.

People sometimes stopped him on the street. “Oh, I know who you are. You’re that funny guy.” Yeah, right. Maybe that’s not name recognition as much as face recognition, but either way, it was a step in the right direction.

Sooner or later, he’d get a big break. Benjamin believed it, and he kept working, never letting himself become discouraged.

Thirty years went by and suddenly his agent was talking about a possible television deal. Would Benjamin be interested in a role on a sit-com? Seriously, why would anyone even have to ask? Of course, he’d be interested in the role. Just tell him when and where to sign up.

Of course, it wasn’t quite so easy. The deal wasn’t done. It was just talk at first. Ideas were tossed about, and nothing came of it. Benjamin’s family was a bit upset, but Benjamin plodded onward, making people laugh, and keeping his own spirits up. Good things are worth waiting for, he reminded himself.

He kept reminding himself of that fact as several more years went by. Six years, in fact. And then it happened. His agent called him, said he had a firm offer, and how soon could he come in to the office to sign the contracts?

Benjamin is now the star of a sit-com called “1-800-2SUE”, a wacky story about a lawyer –that’s Benjamin’s role — who ends up taking cases nobody else wants, like the case about the chicken plucker…well, never mind. I don’t want to spoil it for you.

The point is, the next time a dream you have seems far, far away — off in some distant galaxy, perhaps — don’t stop dreaming. Think about Benjamin Caldwell and his slow but steady approach. He never gave up, he never stopped believing, and most of all, he never stopped working toward his dream.

Now, tune in to the Comedy Channel of Simeria and watch Benjamin’s new show. He’s hoping it will be a huge success. He’d love to earn that coveted title of “Show-Stopper”.


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