Today I want to talk about a funny topic: being thankful for having to wait. I know, this sounds like it belongs on my Friday “Reality Reflection” blog posts, and maybe in the future it will be a topic there. But today I wanted to share about being thankful for the times we have to wait. Waiting isn’t easy and it’s not always fun. More often than not we have to wait when we think that things should move much quicker than they are. But waiting has a purpose that in our impatience and fast-living society we forget about or ignore.
We wait because food doesn’t grow instantly. We wait because we can’t all have green lights. We wait because we can’t all check out at the store at the same time. We wait because a baby isn’t instantly fully formed. We wait because if we had everything all at once we’d have a lot of expense and no reason to keep living. We wait because trust isn’t instantly built. We wait because if we were just handed everything we wouldn’t learn how to do things for ourselves.
Waiting can teach us lots of great things if we’re open to learning, but most of us get so frustrated with the waiting that we miss out on the lessons. Waiting teaches us how to do things, it teaches us patience, it gives us the chance to cultivate relationships and it gives us the chance to enjoy life. But when we get so wrapped up in being frustrated or thinking that we have to wait to get anything waiting turns from a tool and resource to something we trip over and try to avoid.
So today, yes, I’m thankful because waiting gives me time to get perspective and take a step back from barreling through or into situations I’m not ready for. I try to take advantage of the waiting time that is inevitable whether in being productive or just enjoying being alive. The next time you have to wait for something try to stop yourself from panicking or rushing and find something to be thankful for.