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The Value in Waiting

Hello loves! Happy (early) 4th of July!

I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by! We're already halfway through the summer, and soon it'll be fall again. 2024 has gone by so fast, and yet, it seems like it's been long for a lot of people.

It's understandable, I suppose. A lot of things are happening this year; big things like elections & new technology, and smaller-scale things like weddings, vacations, and movies. Most of these things involve some period of waiting-- either with eager anticipation or stomach-curling anxiety. And the closer it gets to something, the longer it feels like you have to wait.

No wonder some days feel like they just drag on and on.

Waiting seems to have a bad reputation in today's world.

I'll be honest, I am not the most patient person around, and I can easily get frustrated when it feels like I have to stay still. A lot of people associate "waiting" with being stuck or having to twiddle your thumbs while other people get to make decisions around you. Even Waiting Rooms are seen negatively-- you can't tell me a greige-toned, bleach-scented sitting area under bright fluorescents is cozy, okay.

Yeah, no one likes waiting or anything to do with waiting. How can you when it seems interchangeable with 'lazy', 'procrastinating', 'stalling', 'not taking a chance', and other similar phrases that all seem to imply one thing:

If you're waiting for something, you're wasting what little time you have, and you'll realize one day that you're life has entirely passed you by with nothing to show for it.

Yikes, that idea scares me. I've talked on this blog before about time and the way I relate a little too hard to the "Are you running out of time?" themed songs from Hamilton. And I'm sure I'm not the only one. When everywhere you look feels like it's 'hustle culture' this, 'live your best life now' that, and everything in between, it's not surprising we have all collectively found ourselves disliking those long, slow periods of waiting more and more.


(I won't even get into the instant-gratification/over-consumerism tangent, but that certainly hasn't helped anything)

It's understandable... and it's unfortunate.

As I said before, I am not good at patience. I mean who is, nowadays? Personally, I dislike waiting because it gives my mind time to downwards spiral into the worst-case scenarios of everything. And yet, in these last few months especially, I've learned to appreciate those periods of waiting for the treasure they truly are.

I've learned to see that there is Value in Waiting.

With how nonstop life is, a moment of waiting can give us the rest we've been desperately craving.

Waiting can force us to have a new perspective. Time to "sleep on it" or to truly analyze why we want what we claim to want can allow us to make wiser and healthier decisions.

There are definitely some old wants that I've been wishing for for a long time-- and I'll probably keep wishing for them even now. But while this part of my life is currently in its 'waiting room' era, I can use this time to my advantage.

I can breathe. I can appreciate what and who I have around me. I can learn new things about myself and develop new hobbies or interests. And I can remind myself of why I truly want what I'm waiting for.

Maybe the waiting will give me the realization that what I'm seeking isn't worth it, or will be downright bad for me. Perhaps the waiting will inspire me to pursue my desire from a different angle.

And perhaps, the waiting will just give me a chance to turn off all the stress and deadlines and outside voices constantly bombarding me. The waiting can give me a moment to remember what matters and to realize that-- no matter what I do or don't achieve-- I am loved.

Just like you are loved. Just you, as you are.

Love y'all!

"So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing." --James 1:4

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