Nobody likes to wait for what they want. Sometimes waiting can drive us absolutely crazy. Be patient, they will tell you. Screw you, is what you’re thinking.
Patience isn’t for those who simply place their hands in the air and let fate have its way. No, patience is a choice, a proactive way to approach the waiting game. Patience becomes palatable when we combine it with gratitude and then continue to seek that which makes us happy, (yes even during the less than optimal circumstances of waiting).
Most importantly we must remember to honor the holy rhythm of God’s timing. We must surrender to this waiting.
It’s a cycle really.
Expecting things to happen quickly makes us impatient, when things take longer we get angry and getting angry makes things seem like they take forever.
Read: Our Brains Hate Waiting @SmithsonianMag
An interesting fact about waiting. The French word for waiting is “to attend”.
While most of us cannot stand the notion of having to wait for what we want, perhaps the waiting, what we deem as the “wasted” time between what we don’t have and what we want, can be used for attending to what must be done.
Perhaps, this annoying waiting is a gift. A give of time to attend to all that you should be taking care of before, you receive that which what you have been waiting for.
Waiting gives you time to plan. Time to prepare for the worst and anticipate the best.
Waiting can be your weapon. As you wait, more and more possibilities open up to you. Options appear out of no where (if you let them).
You can go this way, or that way. You can have this or you can have that. Time seems to expand opportunities.
Surrendering to Serenity
The mere act of surrendering to the notion of waiting . . .actually leads to serenity. So the next time someone says to you as you worry while you wait, “let it go” . . . really let. it. go.
This letting go, the releasing of your tight grip. . . all that “worrying to try to control” . . . is actually quite liberating.
Sometimes we try to think away the wait. Our mind cleverly tries to coach us to be patient and we pray, pray, pray. That is all well and good, but we don’t always have to rely on our thoughts to comfort us. We can sit patiently and celebrate the silence in-between the thoughts, so we may attend to our soul.
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I like this view of patience as a positive choose and of its benefits, time tend the garden of the mind.