It seems to me that there is a lot of waiting in life – waiting for something to happen.
What are you waiting for?
It may not be the case with you, but generally what I find is that when I say, “I’m waiting for _____,” it’s often an excuse for me not to take action.
Let’s pretend you want to paint a room and you have ordered a special paintbrush you want to use but it hasn’t arrived yet. “I’m waiting for the paintbrush” is a legitimate thing to say. But there are countless other things you can do to make this project go smoothly in the meantime – Tape the ceiling, assembling the drop cloths, paint cans and rollers, etc.
We wait to do those things and when the paintbrush does arrive, the project is a mountain to climb rather than just some walls to paint.
The paintbrush is a metaphor for what you’re waiting for.
What are you not doing while you’re waiting for something to happen?
Have you noticed that “not doing” takes on a life of its own and we justify that life by saying “I’m waiting.”
Here’s a secret others may not share with you: The thing you’re waiting for may never happen. That means that you have suspended living until what you are waiting for arrives. That means you are merely existing.
Being patient and waiting are not the same thing. There is a knowing behind patience – knowing that what you want will happen if you’re willing to give it the time that’s necessary.
Waiting, on the other hand, is just a giant pause with no guarantee. It’s a maybe at best.
What you’re waiting for may truly be worth it, but what you do while you are waiting either contributes to you or it doesn’t. If you’re “on hold” during this time, so is your life. I can tell you from experience that it’s not a pleasant feeling. A life spent in waiting is a life waiting to die.
What can you do to live?
I don’t know the answer for you, but I suspect it’s the same one I found: Do anything other than wait.
If you’re waiting for the paintbrush, your life may be dead, or, in the meantime, live a little and paint the town red.
All the best,
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