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Waiting, the art

by michellefieldllc on December 1, 2016

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Waiting! I don’t know about you, but I hate to wait! I find myself frustrated by the slow car in front of me. I can make myself absolutely bored waiting in the line at the grocery store. To me, doctor’s offices are the worst! I’ve had days, months and even years of waiting for something to happen. I bet you have, too.

This past Sunday, was well into my workout when I felt a tug in my lower back. “It’s not too bad”, I thought to myself. “It’s still early in my workout, I’ll just keep going.” Quickly, that tug turned to pain and I had to stop. So, I applied an ice pack and took some Ibuprofen.

After seeing my Chiropractor on Monday, he assured me that with time and rest, my back should heal quickly. He fully expected me to be back to normal and pain free by the end of the week. What?!?! A whole week of not working out? What was I going to do? This is where the art of waiting comes in.

Take care of you!

Waiting can be stressful. Whether waiting for a diagnosis from a doctor or the results of the judges, stress is a part of the wait. This is the time to focus on your health, both mental and physical. You know the drill: rest, drink water, continue to move and eat well. Take breaks when you need them and don’t feel guilty. If you need to walk away from a situation, give yourself permission. This is time to take care of you.

Use this time for self improvement.

Waiting is a great time to work on yourself. There are tons of great books out there that will help you become a better person. In this modern age, you can even download those books and either read them or listen to them, even when waiting in line. I recommend several books including such titles as Pshycho-Cybernetics, How to Win Friends and Influence People and The Four Doors. This is not the time to binge watch 10 seasons of your favorite show. Use this time to improve you.

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Pray!

Whether you are a christian, a jew or an atheist, you can use this time to reflect on what you can learn in this time of waiting. Spend time in reflection on your life so far. Has it gone the way you wanted it to go? Are there dreams in the recesses of your mind that have been lost in the business of life? Where do you want to be next year at this time? Use this time to ask God what you should be doing. You just may be surprised at the answer.

Join a small group.

It’s easy to feel lost in the world today. There are billions of people on planet Earth. Most schools have a student population in the hundreds. There are now mega churches with thousands of members. Corporations can have employees that number in the thousands. It is even easy to feel disconnected by social media. Joining a small group brings those numbers down to a level that is manageable.

You can find small groups just about anywhere. At school, there are lots of clubs. These are great because you already have a shared interest. At church, a small prayer group or bible study can be a life boat. Even taking classes at your community college can provide a small group atmosphere.

Ask for help!

There is a huge misconception that strong people never ask for help. Actually, it takes a strong person to do just that. We have to admit that we can’t do something by ourselves and have to admit that we are weak. Remember, people really can’t read your mind. You have to actually ask specifically for help. Don’t rely on your best friend or spouse to automatically guess your needs.

The next time you find yourself waiting either for 10 minutes or 10 days or even 10 years, apply the art of waiting. It may not actually make the time move more quickly, but it will give that time purpose and meaning. Maybe, just maybe, it won’t feel like such a waste.

Are you waiting? Hop over to my Facebook page or post a comment below about what you are waiting for. Then take a moment to pray for the other posts. We can do this together!

Hugs!

Michelle

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