Some people’s lives are filled with excitement and constant activity. Others find themselves in exactly the opposite situation. They may be waiting around between emergency calls or for the tide to change, for the bus to come or for a doctor to arrive.
It seems waiting is something we all have to do from time to time. Our bodies need to wait in sleep in order to regenerate our strength for the next round of daily activities. We wait in the queue at the supermarket or at the traffic lights or for our order to be prepared at the drive through.
Farmers need to wait for the rain and the sun, before they harvest their crops. A mother waits while her baby prepares to meet the world. Parents often have to wait in a hospital’s casualty ward while a child’s life hangs in the balance.
Throughout our lives, there are many occasions when we all have to wait somewhere. Many of our waiting periods can be a source of considerable frustration because we have other more important things to do in our lives. But sometimes it’s good to use this forced waiting period to be still, reflect and learn from all that’s happening around us.
To use our waiting time effectively, we need to accept that being quiet and practicing patience can often be just as rewarding for us as active participation.
We will just have to wait to test out this theory.
I’m Peter Mack and that’s life.