The Joy in Waiting

How’s that for an oxymoron?  As a terminally impatient person constantly challenged to wait, I stopped asking for opportunities to develop patience a long time ago.  Nevertheless, they’re just a part of being human.

 I imagine that, like me, you normally think of waiting in more negative terms. 

  1. Why don’t they call me back?  Don’t they know how important this is (to me)?
  2. Thanks to my husband’s surgery, we disappointingly postponed our annual trip to Cape May.
  3. Wait a minute – you made a promise to deliver that by yesterday, and I need it now. 
  4. He didn’t even try to hold my hand; he must not like me (thinking with my grandma hat on).
  5. I submitted that request for proposal early; why is it taking so long for them to make a decision?

I often forget about the sweetness there can be while we’re waiting sometimes…the anticipation we often forget to savor.

  1. I’m sorry it took me so long to call you back, but I became aware of a great business opportunity for you and I waited to call you until I got more details.
  2. Now we can really enjoy that postponed trip, because my husband is now cancer-free.  And we’re going during the holidays, so we can see The Queen Victoria (and the rest of Cape May) all dressed up for Christmas!
  3. Because you waited longer than we anticipated, my company is fulfilling this order for you at a significantly discounted price today.
  4. Waiting for that kiss was worth it; the anticipation made it twice as sweet.
  5. I’ve used this extra time to get better acquainted with the potential client; I think I’ve found a way we can meaningfully connect with them that will help secure this contract.

I’m learning to be better at waiting, concentrate on the end goal, and slow down a little bit.  As I get older, I’m learning to savor more of those moments. 

Where can you invest your time and emotion today that will increase your joy in waiting?

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