The Art of Waiting

What I’ve found to be the most important tool in someone’s arsenal is the gift of patience. When things are too hard or if they take a lot of time, some people are quick to quit. If they don’t seem immediate rewards/results, some people quit too. And if you don’t end up quitting, you learn that waiting has huge benefits. If God wanted you to have something, he’ll make you wait for it. It’s not going to be handed on a silver platter right there for you. Many things in life are not easy like that. You can’t just take it. It’s all about the waiting game.

I’ll bet you one thing that will always be true: the best things come to those who wait. Have you ever seen a long line at a restaurant? Have you witnessed a long line of people waiting outside a store on black Friday? That’s not what I mean about waiting, but the concept is still applicable. Waiting is one of the most important aspects of life. Everything takes time, and if you’re not willing to wait, someone else is ready to take your place in line.

I’ve had this happen to me before. I waited for the right guy to come into my life. And I waited for a long time. I learned that the guy I was waiting for was there years earlier, but I didn’t see it at the time. I was focused on other things that didn’t allow me to see what was right in front of me. Years later, I was able to see him. And I think that by waiting, I ultimately did myself a good thing.

I’ve found that waiting in other areas of life works too. Learning the piano was one of those things. It took me many years to learn how to play the piano. And in the middle of those years, I quit for an entire year. I also took a two year break away from the piano during that time. In the midst of my 19 years of learning the piano, I stepped away from it for three years. When I talk about waiting, I mean really waiting. Waiting takes months and years. It takes a long time to wait for something. And I spent a lot of my time waiting for the moment where I could play the piano how I always wanted to. Those years were worth waiting for. And I would do it all over again if I had the choice. The takeaway is if you really want something, be prepared to invest a lot of time and patience for it. Nothing great was built in a day. And be prepared to embrace the process. We are all waiting for something.

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