Although written and posted just over a year ago, the message it contains I think is one we all need to heed at times. “What are we waiting for ???”
The “waiting game” technically isn’t a game(at least I don’t think it is), but nevertheless, it does and can get played throughout the course of our lives for sure. Waiting for the perfect circumstances; waiting until the conditions are just right or more favourable.
Yes, waiting does have its place in out life, but there are those times when we’ve done all we can do; researched and planned everything carefully…but we won’t take the next step.
Is it fear of the unknown? Fear of failure? Fear of what others may think? I can’t answer any of those for you. Only you can do that.
But, at some point the waiting needs to end and you/we just simply need to jump in the deep end and deal with whatever comes up.
Our time here on Earth is finite. Given this “finality”, there aren’t many second chance cards that get turned up in the “game of life.”
There are those times we simply need to “jump in with both feet.”
“All things come to him who waits, but they are mostly leftovers from those who didn’t wait.” – unknown source.
Waiting sucks…….well it can suck.
The thing I don’t get about waiting is this. I set an appointment to go visit my Doctor and once I arrive at my scheduled time and I’M ON TIME OR EVEN EARLY……the fine receptionist says, ” Great, have a seat the Doctor will be with you in a moment.”
A second issue with physician’s offices is this. “Why does a Doctor’s office; a place of highly trained and skilled professionals have magazines and other reading material dating back 10 years or more?” The reading material at a Doctor’s office is like stepping into the ancient history section at your local library and scanning the shelf that contains the encyclopedia’s.
Okay, before we head too far down the “Doctor’s office reading material” rabbit hole, how many of us spend WAY TOO MUCH TIME AND ENERGY ……………………………………..waiting.
Waiting for what???????
Waiting for our “ducks to get lined up” before attempting something or waiting and working on a project so long to get it perfect ……….that the opportunity passes you by.
And by the way, have you ever tried to get “ducks to line up?” My guess is it would be like “herding cats.” Although, if given the opportunity, I do think ducks will line up by themselves.
Many times, we spend far too much time and energy planning to make or get something “perfect” or waiting until the conditions are “just right” before jumping into something.
And when we do this…………waiting for that “perfect moment” a couple of things can happen:
- that “perfect moment” may never come by or show up at all
- OR – “what does come by” or even worse “passes us by” are moments of spontaneity; those times when we should have just “jumped in with both feet”
So, what does all this mean?
Well, like the rather “thin fella” in the picture we can waste away; waste our lives away………………………. just waiting.
Lynn and I came across this guy when we spent a morning in Canmore while adventuring in the Rockies back in 2015. Not sure what he was waiting for, but it’s pretty obvious he wasted away to just about nothing. Maybe he was waiting for someone to get him another beer?
Point is, sometimes we just have to seize the moment…………..and “jump in with both feet.”
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the need for planning; risk evaluation; a SWOT analysis and all those wonderful “catchphrases.” But, there comes a point where we just have to …………….do…………..take action.
So……what are you waiting for.
Will you be like our Canmore friend and waste away waiting for that “perfect set of conditions?” or will you be, “hey, I got enough information; done just enough planning to take a step in THAT new direction. I’ll figure out the next step when I get there.”
Waiting for a plane to take us on our next adventure is a good thing; waiting in the drive-thru to get an early morning coffee and muffin when heading out on an epic canoe trip is a good thing.
Waiting for those “perfect conditions”; planning our time on Earth “within an inch of its life” …………..is that good; bad; …..somewhere in between?
You need to decide that.
“All things come to him who waits, but they are mostly leftovers from those who didn’t wait.”
This picture pretty much sums up my life I think……………
Are you a person who waits or are you more of jump in with both feet?