Waiting and Patience

Remember our old friend, Waiting? He used to hang out with Patience, but now that I think of it, I haven’t seen either of them for quite a while. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Quick and Easy, I’m human after all. Next day delivery is magical, but what have we traded for convenience and instant gratification?

I’m currently waiting for a few accepted articles to be published as well as waiting to hear if a few more will be accepted. It’s an almost strange feeling to be sitting in limbo, waiting. With this empty space in the waiting I’ve let my brain wander, reminding me of the benefits hidden in the space. 

Nature’s most wonderful gifts are those for which we must wait. 

As winter’s barren cold slowly gives way to spring we appreciate the first sprouts of the crocus and daffodil, the gentle budding and then explosion of the magnolia tree. As the weather warms and the yards green, anticipation builds for warmer, sunnier days. 

The expectant family, waiting seemingly endless months for the arrival of their child, the dreaming, the planning, the learning, all occur in the waiting. We find joy in the small details of the journey, excitement in anticipation. 

Both the flower and the child need time to grow, time to develop, time to bloom. In the waiting we prepare, with arrival we rejoice.

In the waiting we develop self-control. 

Delayed gratification teaches us to resist the temptation of immediate pleasure for the promise of greater future reward. In waiting we learn to manage our impulses and have patience for the world around us. 

We are all better humans when we are able to function thoughtfully focused on the future. We learn to save our money for an emergency or retirement instead of buying what we don’t really need in the moment. We make better choices for our planet, conscious of what we leave behind for our children. 

So I will sit with Waiting and welcome back Patience. I will notice the buds and enjoy the slow reveal of color and scent. I will find joy in anticipation. I will look ahead to the future with hope and promise. I will encourage you to join me.

Published by Jill Robinson

Speech-Language Pathologist. Writer. Athlete. Wife. Mother. Animal lover. Not necessarily in that order.

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