5 Minutes: On Waiting

I’m linking up again with Lisa-Jo’s 5 Minute Fridays.

One topic, five minutes. Go!

On waiting…

Waiting. Being patient. Biding my time.

Growing up, none of these things could be considered my strong suit. I as always the girl who was looking forward to the next thing, the next holiday or visit or term or class or party, constantly in motion, always eager to be moving, progressing, doing something, feeling connected, embracing the new. A childhood on airbases various had left me with difficulty settling, finding it hard to commit, to stay, and to wait.

Nowadays I still see flashes of that girl (especially when I get caught in a queue!), but I’m so much better at waiting. I think because now I can see the value in it.

There is power in waiting. There is beauty in waiting. There is wisdom in waiting. In the world of seemingly instant gratification, there is a joy in waiting, in anticipating, in holding out.

I also think that waiting has another real benefit because it helps us to appreciate the status quo, the quiet loveliness of the here and now. I often hear from people (always acquaintances, never good friends…what is it about the ‘casual’ link that encourages this?) that I should be striving for something “more” – a more important job, a ring, some babies….but I have no desire to rush these things.

I love my little life as it is, and I am surrounded by such love and wonder. I have no desire to rush through this season of my life. This is the season of late night chats and in-jokes and weekends away and silly phone calls with friends and creating chaos in the classroom with my lovely, noisy, talented boys. Do I ever want to get married? Yes please. Do I want to have children? I think so. Do I want to be a headteacher? I’m not really sure, actually. But if and when those things do happen, I think they will be all the sweeter for the waiting I have done – and joyful, patient, funfilled waiting at that.

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  1. Denise
    18th March 2011 / 11:09 am

    You are so very right – there is worth in the waiting!

  2. Riot Kitty
    19th March 2011 / 12:57 am

    Personally, I think waiting sucks. But then I do need to become more patient 😉

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