The Art of Waitingby Tricia Spencer on 02/18/12
is joyless, yet we do it again and again, day after day. What would life
be like if we didn't have to wait? Just how many precious moments and
finite heartbeats are lost just waiting for something not yet here or not yet
It doesn't matter whether we're waiting for something
spectacular or something dreaded, the wait can be just as excruciating.
If we're waiting for something fantastic, we wish our lives away trying to make
it get here faster. If we are waiting for something unpleasant, we brood
about it so much that the next thing we know we are smack dab up against the
"awful", wondering where the time went.
I've tried to beat
waiting at its own game. I vowed to turn every moment of waiting into a
moment of learning something new. It didn't work. My brain revolted
against all the trivial "stuff" I tried to jam into it. Then I
tried to psyche myself out by reversing the process..."No! Don't
send my lottery winnings so fast!"..."Hurry, colonoscopy,
hurry!" It didn't work. I couldn't fool that pit of
"waiting" in my stomach the least little bit. And finally, I
tried to pawn off the waiting onto someone else..."I, uh, lost all my
calendars and my watch is broken, so you'll have to tell me when I need to do "this"
or need to be "there". It didn't work. Turns out,
everyone else is saddled with their own miserable waiting and aren't the least
bit interested in managing mine. Bummer.
So, I have to ask. If good things really do come to those who wait, then shouldn't we all be bursting with goodness by now? Yes, it's an odd creature, this thing known as waiting. If only someone could come up with a way to beat "the wait" I'm sure we'd all fork over our last plug nickel to learn the secret. I know there must be an art to waiting, and when it's finally discovered, I just hope it will have been, well. . .worth the wait.