Dr. Seuss said it best:
Everyone is Just Waiting,
Waiting for the Fish to Bite,
Waiting for the Wind to Fly a Kite
Waiting Around for Friday night.
Doesn’t waiting seem like a waste of time, a useless place? Yet, in fact, there are lessons to be learned in the Waiting Place. Waiting is defined as: remaining stationary, in readiness or in expectation, to rest in patience.
I enjoyed a girl’s three-day weekend away from the hustle and bustle of life. There were no techno gadgets, just nature, walking trails, lakes and Canadian Geese. What a great time to clear my head, think and be. I anticipated a quiet get-a-way of thinking and waiting in expectation for answers to questions.
But the transition from the “fast-paced-to the “slow-paced” was difficult. Women are multi-taskers. We shine best in a storm, when life is in turmoil, when chaos is at its peak, when lives are at stake. Give us a day to think and wait, and it’s a little un-settling. It’s in our blood to keep the balls juggling and the plates spinning.
After 10 minutes of waiting by the lake, hoping for a quick revelation to life’s ponderings, my mind filled itself with the infamous “To-Do” list: buy groceries, fix the car, office deadlines, pay the bills. My brain was full of logistics. But as I sat there long enough, taking a deep breath, determined to do nothing but wait, something amazing began to occur; I began to smell the roses, hear the birds singing; my mind began to clear, and like the sun peeking through the clouds, I slowly began to see things differently, about my kids, my life, my goals and dreams for myself.
We hurry through life and forget that “Waiting” (remaining stationary) is a valid step to life’s processes. It’s where new perspective, new ideas and new attitudes are formed. Priorities begin to re-arrange themselves. The important stuff seems to rise to the top and the “not-so-important” falls off the list.
Like death and taxes, laundry and dishes will be with you Always. Our children won’t be young forever. They won’t always be willing to hang with us, let us share in their disappointments and victories.
Embrace the quiet, live in readiness and expectation. Don’t stray far from resting in patience. For in the Waiting Place, life gains new perspective . . . And Oh, the Places You Will Go!