Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
We have a little saying in our house... "it's a bit of a stone day."
Ross has no idea that this phrase, which came from a rather extended 'lecture' which I gave him one afternoon comes from some twangy country song.
He just knows that some days are stone days, while others are diamonds. Today was stone.
One of those days where every choice was poor.
Every word hindered.
Every reaction was explosive.
Today, the best thing to do was to have 'enforced exhile' - sit and chill. Get life into perspective.
And so it was that after a time (according to Ross it felt so long - "like 1 hour and 15 minutes") the stone, while not turning to a rare diamond, at least took on a bit of a sparkle.