Sunday, March 20, 2011

Patiently Waiting

On Friday, for Five Minute Friday the topic was On Waiting... Five minutes does not give one enough time to develop an idea. I had just begun getting into the topic when my five minutes was up. Because I feel like I did not get to say everything I wanted to in that five minute post I decided to write another post addressing the topic of waiting.

I have spent a lot of my life waiting. As a child we wait for so much. The one thing I really remember waiting for was, waiting to grow up. Waiting until I was old enough to do something. One thing that comes to mind was waiting until I was tall enough to ride the attractions at Disneyland all by myself. Each time we went to Disneyland I would run to the sign that said you have to be "this tall" to ride by yourself without an adult. It took several years, but I finally got to be tall enough.

Our parents try to drill patience into us as children. "You need to be patient and wait," I remember my parents saying to me. It is so hard to wait for things. But over the years I have learned a lot about waiting. I still have those times when I am impatient and want something to happen NOW. But I have come to a place in my life where I am more content to wait.

I realized about five or six years ago that life can often pass by while waiting and when I realized that I decided to stop just waiting and start living life. There will always be things in life that we have to wait for. But it is what we do with the time we have between the wanting and waiting and the actually happening that is important.


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