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Waiting On Life

Updated on August 15, 2013

Do you have the time to Wait? ...... Do you have any other choice?

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Let's Wait - The Life Experience

Waiting….Waiting….Waiting ……..Something we all gain much experience in ... whether we have a desire to do so or not. We each spend huge portions of our lives… Waiting!

Have you ever thought about how much of life is spent in a “Waiting” mode?

We actually start out life…Waiting… to enter the world from our mother’s womb. Our mother and father Wait, as well as, other family members and friends of the family…Wait on the exciting day when we make our long, expected, grand entrance.

Many times throughout our lives we must also…Wait on God. Perhaps, waiting on God, is His way of bringing home the point that our time is really of little worth, when compared to the endless time of eternity. For since we are His children and He values each of us so dearly, would He expect us to spend time Waiting on Him if it where not an important activity. When thinking of it in that respect, one can see, while we are in the Wait mode, no matter what the reason, we could and should be spending that time…focusing on Godly things…rather than on our fancy electronic gadgets deciding how to spend the next segment of our lives … in the Waiting mode.

Waiting to be an all important Grown-up

Then when we’re here we Wait…on someone to feed us and nurture us and keep us comfortable.

Then we can’t Wait to grow up from childhood.

We Wait on the school bus or we Wait on the children to get ready for the school bus. When the school day is over we Wait on that active child to make it home to find out about their day. Or we take the kids to practice or tutoring or other countless activities they take part in the goal for them to grow up and be well rounded individuals. And they Wait for the parents to pick them up or the parent Waits for them to complete their activity. And often, when we are Waiting to reconnect with this offspring, we are on our cell phone taking care of something important and what happens…we get put on hold and have to…Wait. I guess you could call those times in Waiting a Double Wait…or do we call it Multi-tasking?

We make it through childhood and become an all important, certified adult person. Finally make it though all the Waiting episodes we must endure in this thing we call life. Only to find out, once we're all grown up, that we still have to Wait for this and for that. We finally understand that the parents weren't just making us Wait to teach us a lesson. We learn, just as our parents said we would that Waiting is all part of life.

Then we often times must Wait…on death. Finally the Waiting comes to an end!

It was said, by someone, I’m sure much wiser than I am, many years ago, around mid 20th century, that by the 21st century we would spend a third of our lives in a … Waiting mode. I'm sure all kinds of studies were conducted to support that statement. Some day, I’m going to keep up with it, just in one day, to see how much time I spend Waiting. We are always in such a hurry. There are so many gadgets to help organize our lives. I wager, we are in such a hurry because we spend so much time Waiting that when we are not Waiting we have to hurry to get our stuff all done!?! So we can Wait some more for something else we must accomplish or have.

Do the fancy gadgets that fill our lives stop the waiting?

We Wait…while on our fancy gadgets on the information highway. We Wait…for things to download or upload. What is the difference in download and upload anyway? We Wait for large files to be saved to some fancy gadget. We Wait while using our fancy smart phones. Wait for text or emails to be returned back to us, rather than just actually calling a person and having a personal conversation with them and get whatever it is we need to know resolved. That’s called communication…which is becoming a lost art. I'm afraid Einstein's observation is becoming true, "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots". But, that’s a whole other subject to address sometime.

We Wait…sometimes hours, to see a doctor for our physical ails and needs. They even have special places in the doctors offices called “Waiting Rooms”. And then we Wait while prescriptions are filled, with hopes the Wait is not too long before the medicine takes care of the problem, which was so important we gave up a portion of our precious time to see the doctor for. Have you ever had a doctor’s appointment that was actually honored? Why do they even give you a time slot when they have no respect of the patient’s time. It’s ironic that patients must develop patience to be seen as a patient. Perhaps if the patients would send the doctor a bill for their patience in time they spend in those special Waiting rooms, with outdated magazines, those Waiting times might become a little shorter. Something to think about, hey?

Was life really simpler then? Maybe, but there were still times of waiting.

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What's going on in your mind as you Wait?

We Wait…We Wait and Wait some more. We've become so accustomed to spending our time Waiting we think this is the way things should be. If it is, the way it’s supposed to be, the question is, what’s going on in our minds as we Wait? Is it really the way we should spend our time and has it always been that way? Now that’s a question to ponder??

I’m sure many hundreds of years ago people also spent time … in the Wait mode. They stood in line to check out the fishmongers’ catch of the day or bargaining with the other street vendors selling their stuff to go along with the fish. They had to Wait for the fires to get hot and the family had to Wait while it was prepared for them to savor. And, hopefully the cook did not have to Wait for the family to come home to spend time with the family.

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How many countless nights are spent … in Wait … to fall asleep in order to get the much needed rest we must have to continue the Waiting game the next day?

We place such importance on ourselves and our time. We think there is not a more valuable commodity than our time. Right? We all know that the most important thing you can do for someone is to spend time with them. That's been drilled into us for so long we know that it must be true. But is our time really that valuable? To anyone other than our self righteous selves?

Focus of Godly things ...

Many times throughout our lives we must also…Wait on God. Perhaps, waiting on God, is His way of bringing home the point that our time is really of little worth, when compared to the endless time of eternity. For since we are His children and He values each of us so dearly, would He expect us to spend time Waiting on Him if it where not an important activity.

When thinking of it in that respect, one can see, while we are in the Wait mode, no matter what the reason, we could and should be spending that time…focusing on Godly things…rather than on our fancy electronic gadgets deciding how to spend the next segment of our lives … in the Waiting mode.

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      Pat Materna 2 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      Jeannie .. thanks for checking out my hub ...

      Sounds like you have my philosophy of "Life's an Adventure, so Live It!"

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      Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      It is true. So much of life is just waiting. Like right now, I am waiting for Friday so I can have the weekend off. I am trying to focus more on celebrating now. I try to find small joys each day so I am not waiting for much... I am simply living.

      Interesting hub and voted up.

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      Pat Materna 4 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      SimpleJoys... You have a wonderful outlook about this stage of your life. Your HP name is one of the reasons I checked out your profile.

      Thanks for checking out my hub and the feedback.

      God Bless you as you undergo the chemo, etc. He will get you through it.

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      SimpleJoys 4 years ago

      I love this! I have spent the last year waiting on cancer treatment. I had a blessed 7 months of no treatment, but still found plenty of things to wait on. Now I'm going to be waiting on 12 more weeks of chemo and subsequent scans. I have decided that I'm simply not going to wait anymore. Life is wonderful at all stages, and I'm simply going to enjoy it. Hence my HP name- SimpleJoys

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      Pat Materna 4 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      Polly, Thanks much... good to know you don't know everything about your older sis :). It is something I really enjoy doing and plan on doing more. Thanks again.

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      PollyHall 4 years ago

      That was absolutely fantastic, Sis. I never knew what a wonderful writer you were. Keep them coming