February 19, 2008.
"How much of human life is lost in waiting?"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are few things more aggravating in life than having to wait in a long line. I'm not talking about a line consisting of a person or two, but a really L-O-N-G line that seemingly goes on forever. And regardless of where we find ourselves waiting, whether it's at the grocery store, ticket office, airport, amusement park or even the dreaded department of motor vehicles, waiting in a long line can be a real pain in the... neck.
Who hasn't been stuck way back in line behind a horde of other folks waiting their turn? Sometimes the line consists of a few dozen people; sometimes it snakes out of sight. As the line crawls along at a snail's pace, we become antsy, anxious, and even downright fidgety. Desperately wanting to get our wait over with and get on down the road, we are forced to cool our heels.
"Waiting is a trap."
As the wait drags on and on, we become flustered and frustrated. We keep glancing ahead hoping to see the line move, but it has barely budged. We are going nowhere particularly fast and we're becoming increasingly impatient, irritated, agitated. We want out of this line... and we want out right now.
Ever been there, ever done that? Sure you have, we all have. And while most of us readily admit that we hate to wait in line, we still do. Ironically, many of us wait on virtually everything else we do in life as well.
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
We wait for the perfect time. We wait on the perfect place. We wait on others. We wait on ourselves. We wait here. We wait there. We wait just about everywhere. And where has all that waiting ever gotten us? Has a lifetime of waiting ever got us any closer to reaching our goals? Has years of waiting moved us any closer to living our dreams?
Truth be told, waiting never gets any of us anywhere, except maybe further and further behind in the line. While we sit around waiting for something to happen, those who refuse to wait blow right by us like we're standing still. And while they're out there busily blazing new trails and making history, we stay stuck in the muck waiting for our ship to come in.
"Too many people go through life waiting for things to happen instead of making them happen!"
Noted author Jack Canfield put waiting in its proper perspective when he said, "Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it." It's so true. Anything and everything you have ever dreamed of having, doing and being is there for the taking, but the only way you'll ever achieve it is to take action right now.
You need to stop playing the waiting game and make something happen today. It's time to take action, make something exciting happen and see where it takes you. Don't think about it; just do it. Don't wait or hesitate; just get out there and make your move. When you finally stop waiting and start making things happen, your life will never again be the same. Best of all, you'll never play the waiting game again.
The Bottom Line: Stop waiting, start moving... and you'll start living.
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