Waiting as an opportunity

Waiting as an opportunity

An aspect of my personality that I'm constantly working on is … patience. 

I like things to happen and I like them to happen fast. 

But as we all know, the reality is that life doesn't always work like this; so I'm often frustrated and not surprisingly, this isn't good for my happiness. 

Given happiness is a key priority for me it thus means that patience is a key priority for me; which is why I liked this simple but important article from The Pacific Insitutute titled "Waiting as opportunity"…

How well do you wait for things? Today, let's talk about what happens when we're forced to wait for something.

These days, everywhere you look people are in a hurry. Timesaving devices are cropping up as fast as weeds in an empty lot, because, as we all know by now, time is money, and we're all in a mad rush to either save it or spend it.

But what happens when you are forced to wait for something? You have a 4:00 dental appointment, but you don't get in until 4:45. You are on the end of a line that is ten people long at the supermarket, or a couple of hundred people long at the movie, waiting for your turn. Or, and here is a growing problem in major cities around the world, you are stuck in traffic – morning and evening, and all day long.

Now, there are two ways to look at waiting. You can spend the time fuming, working yourself into a tizzy about all the valuable time you're being forced to waste, raising your blood pressure and your stress level as you sit or stand there. Or, you can regard waiting as a gift of time. What can you do with this gift? Here are just a few suggestions.

Use it to develop possible solutions to personal problems. Do mental gymnastics – commit something to memory or see how long a list of things you can remember. Get creative. Make up life histories for the people around you. Carry a book with you, one that you find difficult to read for more than a short period at a time. Crossword or other puzzles are great for filling time and exercising the brain. Set goals for the rest of the day or week. Or better yet, think of something unexpected you could do to please the people you love…

…see the original article HERE