“Let’s think of something to do while we’re waiting, while we’re waiting for something new to do.” Remember this song from Mr. Rogers? I would whisper this quietly to my oldest whenever we were in a waiting room and then we would proceed to play “I spy” or twenty-questions. Good Ol’ Mr. Rogers always had great advice.
Hours Spent Just Waiting
If I could speak dog language I would give our dog, Lulu, that advice. She spends hours a day staring at our neighbor’s garage – just waiting for them to give her a treat. Instead, she could be snoozing in the sun or sniffing the fire hydrant on the corner for the latest marking – thus making good use of her waiting time. But instead, her eyes are fixated on the neighbor’s house… just waiting.
We spend an enormous amount of time in life waiting. According to NPR, we spend two years of our lives waiting in line. Just think how much more time would be added to that if we counted time waiting in waiting rooms, at stop-lights, for the food to cook, for the coffee to brew and the pot to boil.
Is the Present Lost While Waiting for the Future?
What about things that we don’t necessarily wait for physically? How much time and energy do we put into such things as waiting for the weekend, waiting for retirement, for a better day, a better job, for Mr. or Mrs. Right, for life to get better? So much energy goes into the future that the present moment can be easily lost. Certainly, nothing is wrong for hoping and waiting for better things to come – but what is done with the time spent waiting? Are we so focused on that future moment, like Lulu, waiting the day away for her treat, that the present isn’t appreciated?
“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” ~Psalm 118:24. I try to remember to appreciate the present – after all, the present is my past’s future. Was it worth waiting for?
Yolanda DeLoach is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.