One thing I have learned is that there is more to it. It doesn't matter what "it" is. Maybe it's the story of a broken marriage or a successful career. What we see on the outside is only part of it. There is more to it.
During high school I worked at a drug warehouse in Greensboro. It was hot, dirty, not very lucrative, and you could never predict exactly when the day would end. Usually around 5:30, sometimes 6:00.
During college, I looked for a better summer job. The perfect job would be a bank teller. Yes. Sit in the air conditioning, count money, predictable hours. What could be better?
I worked hard to get a job, working for Wachovia Bank. I had it made!
But there's more to it, I found out. Turns out that tellers have to deal with people -- different people every day. Happy people, busy people, unreasonable people, angry people, deaf people, broke people, rich people. And after dealing with all these people, I had to balance my cash drawer. I had to account for every penny every day. Turns out, that's a big responsibility. Turns out, I didn't really like that work after all.
So, I have learned to be patient with people as they do their jobs. It may look easy, but I know there is more to it.