Ever waited for a kettle to boil or a bus to come, or a letter to arrive? Waiting can seem like an eternity. Seconds seem to stretch out as if they were an hour long. Waiting can be like that. Is he/she going to call? When will I find out if I got in to my first choice college? When do I get the doctors report? When will I get to go on a vacation?
Then when it arrives, it’s gone so quickly. We go on vacation and it’s over before we know it. We get into our first choice college and now it seems boring, or on the other side, it’s too much. Our ‘new love’ calls and we’ve gotten married, had kids and now we’re fighting all the time. Waiting is really about watching time—and since time is a made-up thing—waiting is really a waste of time. Yes, of course there are seasons which is natures time, but the clock ticking by is completely made up by us.
We even decided to have a change in time; twice a year we put the clocks forward or back. Today approximately 70 countries utilize Daylight Saving Time. The only major industrialized country not to have introduced daylight saving is Japan. Time, like waiting is made up by us.
Imagine if we decided to fill our moments spent waiting with awareness instead. What if every time we found ourselves waiting, and getting impatient, we decided to make that time ‘awareness time.’ “I am waiting so I am aware of my breath, my posture, my thoughts, what I am doing?” I am waiting for a certain person to call and it’s all I can think about—so I will become aware of myself. Am I getting anxious, if so maybe I can read a calming book, one about love, or about my favorite hobby. While I am waiting I could meditate and think of positive outcomes, or what I will do if the outcome is not positive—I will be aware of things I can do in my life to not be so anxious during this waiting period.
It could be that you are waiting to get slim, or become fit, or find a new partner, or get your finances in order. And until it happens, you may be feeling depressed about the situation. Now is the time to become aware. What is it that you want by becoming slim, fit, in love, financially strong? Why wait until it happens to get what you want? Let the waiting period become the time of awareness and being who you want to be before the thing happens.
Today, whatever it is that you are waiting for; be aware of what it is that you think will happen when the waiting is over. In other words, if you are waiting to be slim, fit, in love, financially strong, well-educated or something else you are waiting for—if you are waiting for this thing to happen until you can be where you want to be—stop waiting and just go there.
If you want to feel love, feel it. If you want to feel slim, feel it. If you want to feel financially strong feel it. Let the waiting be over and go to the place in your mind, where you want to be when you get there. Get off the waiting train and be at your destination in your mind. Don’t wait for the doctors report to tell you something; be as healthy as you can be right now; because if the report tells you something terrible, you still want to be as healthy as you can be right now. If your finances are in a mess, you still want to handle money in the best way possible. Today my friend, it is time to walk out of the waiting room and start living your life exactly the way you would when you arrive.