Waiting

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I sat early this morning browsing the internet instead of writing my Morning Pages. I was just waiting and spending time following virtual rabbit trails while waiting.

What was I waiting for? Let’s see…what are some of the common “Waiting” examples?

  • Waiting in line
  • Waiting for the right weather
  • Waiting for the right job
  • Waiting for the right time (aka moment)
  • Waiting for the right person
  • Waiting for someone else to lead
  • Waiting to be affirmed or praised, rejected or scolded
  • Waiting for group consensus
  • Waiting for stuff to magically put itself away
  • Waiting for life to happen
  • Waiting for life to stop (or for some end)
  • Waiting for calm or the storm to pass
  • Waiting for energy
  • Waiting for comfort
  • Waiting for life to get back to “normal”
  • Waiting for excitement or new adventures to begin
  • Waiting for the mail, social media “likes,” e-mail, news, TV shows
  • Waiting for … you fill it in

There appears to be an inordinate amount internal waiting based on external factors. Carl Sagan placed a different perspective to waiting: “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” (Carl Sagan. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved July 24, 2016).

And you can only find what is “waiting to be known” by actually stop waiting. It’s a conundrum.

It’s a rally against the but’s in our life (excuses like “but I don’t have time”, “but I don’t have energy”).

So what are we waiting for? We are so comfortable waiting that I challenge you to try this for a reality check: use your favorite spreadsheet and place today’s date in one cell. Then place your life expectancy in a second cell (your birthday plus 81 yrs for females, 76 years for males). Now subtract current date from life expectancy…that is the number of days remaining (divided by 7 gives you the number of weeks). It is not morbid.

It is a reminder of how precious life is and how quickly time passes; how each moment counts and each interaction has meaning.

I’m still waiting at times…but more aware than ever on how fleeting this thing called life is.

What are you waiting for?

Waiting takes time. Awareness of how short time is makes waiting less appealing.