Ralph Waldo Emerson
How much of human life is lost in waiting?
On the top of the pile of things my crazy mind is thinking about today, is the realization of how much time all of us spend WAITING.
We wait for the traffic light to change to green.
We wait in line to pay for our groceries.
We wait for our hair to grow out.
We wait for the six weeks or six months until a planned vacation can be taken.
We wait for dinner to be ready; for the wet clothes in the dryer to dry.
The list goes on and on.
He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
And the waiting we do is never done with pleasure. As we wait, we often pace impatiently. We get tired of waiting. We can’t wait until something is going to finally happen.
Synonyms for “wait” include: bide, delay, hold back, hold on, keep shirt on, lie in wait, stall, and keep your shirt on. “Waiting” is not a nice word nor a nice thing. It always refers to holding out for something to happen, arrive, come to be, or change.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
The other day I had to wait for an hour to see the eye doctor. But when that hour was up, I had to reschedule because I had a dentist’s appointment to get to! I never saw the eye doctor that day. I was a little bit angry. All that waiting with no reward in the end. I will go back next week.
My friend’s husband just found out he needed heart bypass surgery on Monday. After trying to get comfortable with the idea of major surgery in just three short days, the surgeon’s office called and rescheduled him for tomorrow morning! He didn’t exactly like that. He knew he was going to have two days to wait and to get ready, now his wait got cut short and his couple day wait got changed to a wait of less than twenty-four hours. The sudden shorter wait was even more uncomfortable and now I am sure he can’t wait until it’s over!
A special needs friend of my daughter, Amanda, suddenly needed help with getting her clothes changed. This friend lived by herself in an apartment and had part-time staff that came to help her. This poor girl was sitting in messy clothes, waiting for some mystery new staff worker to show up and help her get cleaned up. I wanted to cry for this poor girl. Waiting for someone to show up to help must have felt like an eternity.
If you have time, don’t wait for time.
I have learned that it is pretty much a waste of time to sit around and worry. I want to add to that and say that it is a waste of time to sit around and wait, too! Two bad ‘w’ words! haha I’ve got better things to do than be worrying and waiting!
Maybe if I try not to think that I am waiting for something – but rather have it be that I am anticipating something! That sounds better. It makes me look forward and expect something. It’s a positive way to wait.
I hope all the things you are waiting for happen all in good time. 🙂 Don’t waste your time waiting.
And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently