heard it said, "Hurry up and wait!" But learning
to wait calmly is an important part of living.
this age of high-speed connections and instantaneous results,
it helps to remember that the Mayflower made its historic
voyage across the Atlantic Ocean at about two miles per hour!
How did those early settlers occupy their time as they were
waiting to arrive?
time you miss a flight, think about her predicament and "hurry
up and be patient"! The sooner you're patient, the
easier your life will become. When you're patient, you can
relax and enjoy the ride.
is great benefit in learning to wait calmly and creatively.
Here is a "waiting checklist" to test your
Do you expect delays, or do they catch you unawares? Do you
anticipate those times when you are likely to have to wait?
Do you calmly let your inner motor idle though others around
you may be stripping their gears?
Do you welcome unexpected delays as a gift of time, which
can be used creatively? Do you use the free time to plan ahead
or quietly meditate (to get in touch with your soul)?
Do you prepare for delays? Do you have work or entertainment
handy when forced to wait?
did you do on the exercise? Are you making the most of your
waiting time? We will never escape delays, but we can use
them creatively. Now is the time to hurry up and be patient!
might remember comedian Yakov Smirnoff. When he first came
to the United States from Russia, he was not prepared for
the incredible variety of instant products available in American
says, "On my first shopping trip, I saw powdered milk
you just add water and you get milk. Then I saw powdered
orange juice you just add water and you get orange
juice. And then I saw baby powder, and I thought to myself,
'What a country!'"
live in a fast-paced world. We drive fast cars. We eat fast
food. We live in the fast lane. We want it now.
old story tells of a judge who was in a benevolent mood as
he questioned the prisoner. "What are you charged
with?" he asked.
my Christmas shopping early," replied the defendant."
no offense," said the judge. "How early were
you doing this shopping?"
the store opened," countered the prisoner.
of us will go to those extremes to satisfy our desire to "get
it now," but we know what we want and we wish we
could have it yesterday. We don't like to wait.
there is certainly a place for decisiveness and action, there
is also a place for patience. Have you learned when to wait?
for the sunrise ... there will be another day.
for guidance ... learn to be still.
for wisdom ... it will come with experience.
for growth ... it happens in the fullness of time.
and be contented ... it is a secret to inner peace.
is a time to act, but there is also a time to wait. Learn
how to tell what time it is, for great things can happen for
those who learn to wait. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it well:
"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
is an essential quality of a happy life. After all, some things
are worth waiting for. We can resent waiting, accept it or
even get good at it! But one thing is certain
we cannot avoid it.
SECRET TO FAILURE
are not accustomed to waiting. Yet
we all find ourselves
waiting from time to time:
You may be waiting for an answer to a difficult problem.
You may be waiting for guidance around a business decision
or interpersonal problem.
You may be waiting for a situation to change before you can
You may be waiting for somebody else to complete his or her
task before you can act.
are not accustomed to waiting and most of us don't like to
wait. We feel helpless.
may remember how it felt to wait for Christmas when you were
a child. I recall one Christmas when I was about four years
old. I waited forever for Christmas to come. I couldn't sleep
the night before in anticipation. When I awoke Christmas morning
I quietly crept downstairs to the large Christmas tree to
gaze at the presents there.
celebrated the holidays with my extended family
grandparents, aunt and uncle, cousins, parents, brothers.
It was a rule that we waited until everybody was gathered
together before presents were passed out. I waited half the
morning for the grown-ups to wake up. Then I waited for them
to shower, dress and eat. I didn't think I could wait any
the family was assembled around the tree, it was announced
that we would have a special visitor that day
would have to WAIT for him to come! I waited some more.
the visitor arrived. It was Santa Claus. And he said he'd
be passing out presents that year. My uncle usually passed
out presents, but he didn't seem to be around so I accepted
the arrangement without question.
first handed a present to one of my cousins. In our family,
we waited for each person to open their gift before the next
present was passed out, so I found myself waiting once again.
Santa Claus passed a second gift to another cousin. I waited
some more. The third went to my grandmother. The next to my
brother. Another present was handed to one of the adults to
couldn't stand the waiting any longer. When I thought nobody
was looking, I grabbed one of the presents and began to open
it. Santa quickly snatched it from me with strong words of
reprimand. I was crushed. Other adults chided that I should
wait patiently for my turn. I burst into tears, which seemed
the only appropriate outlet for my frustration.
learned two things that Christmas: First, I learned that I
did not like to wait patiently. Second,
I learned that I did not like Santa Claus. (I BELIEVED in
Santa, I just didn't like him!)
are you at waiting? Waiting is difficult for children, but
adults can learn patience.
I've grown older, I've learned the value of waiting patiently.
The great events of life cannot be rushed, and all good things
will come to fruition in their own time.
old proverb says, "Don't pick apples while they are
green. When they are ripe, they will fall off the tree."
I've matured, I've learned that a secret of failure is impatience.
I've also learned that Santa is a pretty good guy.
~By Steve Goodier from Steve's free newsletter
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