“When you feel most pressured to answer or act, wait. Wait a moment or two before speaking. Wait three days before deciding. Wait until all your inner turmoil settles and your answer rises to the top with crystal clarity. Make them wait, even if it makes them a bit crazy. When you’ve planted new seeds in your life, you must simply wait until it’s time for them to bloom. Things happen when they happen, and your wishing, willing, pleading, and jumping up and down won’t speed up the process. Wise women know to wait and how to wait. Wait patiently. Wait with dignity. If you’ve been taught to hate waiting, turning your attention somewhere else may help time go faster. Better yet, learn to wait doing nothing at all.” ~ Rachel Snyder
Waiting. Constantly waiting. I am an exhausted lesson in patience. I have put things on the shelf to let them mature, I have nurtured ideas and thoughts in an effort to help them grow, and I have busied myself with other events to pass the time. I am waiting.
My life is a series of postponements. I wait on government offices to finish paperwork. I wait on students to finish assignments. I wait on Emma, in the pouring rain, to decide she is done with her walk and ready to return home. I wait. It’s okay, really. I am learning each day that waiting does not have to be a torturous endeavor, but can actually become a strong practice in patience.
Are you able to wait? Can you postpone your gratification and not go nuts in the process? Do you fret and brood while you wait? Why? Why not take a deep breath and accept that waiting is actually part of the bigger picture? Enjoy the build-up, the suspense, the waiting. The world moves at a pretty quick pace and we are losing the art of waiting gracefully.
Right now, in this moment, I accept I have no control over many things in my life. I am at the mercy of others and I have to trust that my plan, my idea for my life, is going to transpire when it is time. I can’t force the speed with which my life unfolds, so I wait.