I’m not very good at waiting. But what’s the alternative, wishing your life away? We are taught these days to be mindful and live in the moment. We should focus on the here and now. The past leads to depression, the future to anxiety, states of mind that are negative and damaging. No, we should enjoy every moment as we enter and embrace it. Never worry about what is down the road, that will take care of itself when the time is right.
I tend not to dwell on the past too much, well not the bad stuff anyway. There are many happy memories of course but I’m careful to keep the not-so-happy ones at arm’s length. For there be dragons. My nature is melancholic at the best of times and there are many people and situations only too willing to drag me down if I pondered on them for any length of time. No, best to keep that Pandora’s box well and truly shut.
It’s what’s round the corner that bothers me. There is much to look to forward to, but that’s when the clock seems to be at its most lethargic. Book and short stories I have submitted, for example. I check my in-box and messages about three squillion times a day but it’s not going to garner a response any sooner. Time seems to stretch eternally when it comes to long-awaited dates and events. I will the days to pass quicker but there I go again, wishing my life.
I need to focus on now, today, here. Appreciate my family and all the good currently underpinning my current circumstances. While I may be able to influence what lies ahead I can’t wave a magic wand and make it happen in a puff of smoke. Patience doesn’t have to be a lonely pursuit. You can spend it surrounded by the people you love. Because when you concentrate on them, time tends to fly.
Are you good at waiting?
How do you deal with impatience?