It's one word that when spoken to you makes you feel antsy.
It's a word that when you say it, you often feel apologetic.
It's something that we all do, multiple times a day...
It's a word that children whine about, adults try to ignore and yet... we all say it.
Recently I was reflecting on the idea that we spend a huge percentage of our life- if not all of our life - waiting. We wait for the school bus, for our food at a restaurant. We wait for summer vacation, for a trip we are looking forward to, for the dentist to take us back to torture us. We wait to complain about our phone bill.
We wait to graduate from High School, we wait for college to be over, we wait to meet the right one, we wait for marriage. Once we get engaged, most of us wait a few months for the wedding. After the wedding we are waiting for financial security to start a family, to buy a house. Once you get pregnant, you have to wait 9 months to have the baby.
You would think that with all the practice we get, we would be a more patient people. Yet, study after study shows that humans, Americans in particular, are becoming increasingly more impatient. There’s a reason why every manner of labor-saving device was invented here in America and why we are in love with every kind of device that lets us instantly communicate with one another.
Yet I was considering that this waiting game might have a purpose, even in a world that is becoming more "instant" every day. Getting everything when you want it seems to be causing some problems. Studies show that our impatience could be causing obesity. The tendency to eat food that can be served up on a plate as soon as possible leads to foods high in fats, sodium and preservatives.
So, what is good about waiting?
2. Waiting gives us time to reflect and learn. Those nine months waiting for a baby gives you time to get your life and house in order for a little baby.
3. "Good things come to those who wait" - sometimes the best things come at the end of a good long wait. Think fresh fruit and veggies...
4. Waiting sometimes saves us tears. Rushing ahead in many things without considering the implications can cause heart-ache and stress.
5. Waiting allows us to not miss the small things. If you are rushing ahead down life's road, you just might miss the tiny flower or little bird.
Have you ever waited for the sun to set, while sitting on a beach? Did you stare with frustration at the sun for not setting faster, or did you enjoy the cool breeze, the sight and sound of the waves, the feeling of a loved one pressed beside you? How much of life is missed because we are in such a hurry?