Why Waiting is Good For You
by Tim Walker
I thought this would be a good time to talk about waiting. Patience is a virtue after all! This is the time of year when kids are waiting…and waiting for Santa to arrive. Some are probably less patient than others. It’s also the season of Advent for Christians; a time for preparation and anticipation leading up to the birth of Christ. However, we can all benefit from some extra patience and a greater understanding of the importance of waiting. Especially this time of year.
Perhaps you are waiting to hear about a job interview. Or maybe you’re waiting for the phone to ring about a business deal you’ve been working on. We’ve all heard that “Good things come to those who wait,” but that doesn’t make waiting any easier.
I was waiting in the doctor’s office with my son the other day. If you have kids, you know that waiting with a toddler is a very special kind of waiting. There’s no sitting still. He waits on the chair, under the chair and just about everywhere else. For my son, waiting isn’t passive and it certainly isn’t wasting time. He experiences things while he waits. He learns while he waits.
Lifehack.org has 10 great reasons why waiting is good for you. Here are a few:
Waiting helps you prioritize and persevere
Take advantage of the times you have to wait. Whether you’re sitting in traffic or on hold, Lifehack makes the point that waiting gives you time to sift the important from the fluff. Waiting also teaches us perseverance. Anyone who ever asked “Are we there yet?” during a road trip has learned this lesson the hard way. Practicing perseverance helps build your emotional, physical and spiritual muscles so we’ll be ready when something really important comes up.
Waiting helps us rest
If we take advantage of it, waiting can give us an opportunity to slow down. It’s really easy to get frustrated and impatient when waiting. Try thinking of it as a luxury though! How often do you catch yourself wishing you had more free time?
Waiting teaches patience
A society that prioritizes instant gratification has a really hard time being patient because we view waiting as a negative. I didn’t get my coffee right away? Failure! You didn’t respond instantly to my email? You lose! It’s never too late to learn patience and know that sometimes quality results are instantaneous.
Waiting gives us tolerance and gratitude
Again, anyone with a toddler knows that instant gratification isn’t pretty. When your kid wants that toy in the store RIGHT NOW…and doesn’t get it, you had better be prepared for a meltdown. Understanding that waiting is actually a good thing can reap rewards even at a young age. It can help us appreciate what we have right now and understand that having more, faster, isn’t always better.
This holiday season, let’s take some time in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle to appreciate waiting.
And what if none of that works? You could always turn waiting into a lucrative business like this guy.