Patience is a virtue.
At least that's what they say.
Unfortunately, it seems to be one of the hardest ones to learn, and just when you think you've learned it, you realize you haven't.
I usually have no problem waiting for things when I know it's going to be a short wait and I'm not in a hurry, like today when my laser hair removal was interrupted by an overheated machine or even when I was stuck in Germany for 9 hours longer than I anticipated because I missed my morning flight. I do get a little testy when, say, I'm in traffic and trying to get somewhere that's anywhere other than my car in the middle of a packed freeway, but I try to relax and take advantage of the wait with a car dance party or sing along.
But what about when I have no idea how long I'm going to be waiting and there is absolutely nothing I can do about it?
That's when it gets difficult.
Whether it's something as simple as waiting for the phone to ring or as big as pieces of a life changing puzzle to fall into place, exercising patience obviously not the easiest to do.
The key I've found for myself is to do what I can when I can, and then let the other things happen as they will, and, most importantly, try not to stress about it in the meantime. There are other things I can be doing while I wait.
As Jewel said:
If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we're all OK
And not to worry 'cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I won't be made useless
I won't be idle with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear
Easier said than done, of course, but I'm sure going to keep trying!
As my grandpa used to say, it's not the school of hard knocks that's the problem, it's the refresher courses.
Separating the things I could do something about from the things I couldn't helped my worry. But it's a skill I'm still developing.
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