Life's Waiting Rooms

I am an impatient man that is becoming more patient with the passing of each day. I am learning to take advantage of life's waiting rooms. So often life is not about making something happen but reveling in the life that is happening. This reveling of the heart is not dependent on our circumstances.. we can even revel in waiting.. the waiting room can be so good for our soul.. if we will just relinquish control.. and simply wait. Here are a few quotes on the subject and my comments:

How much of human life is lost in waiting. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life can be gained (and not lost) as we wait if we have the right attitude about life and about waiting.

I never thought it was worth it, you know waiting for your love, and then I felt your kiss, I could wait forever for this. -Anonymous

How many of us can relate to a dream fulfilled? Good to reflect on those memories when we are in life's waiting room.. good to remember those past times when we experienced life's kiss.

None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives. -Kathleen Norris

The future is an unknown wonder.. it is so difficult to wait because waiting seems to be so useless.. unless we have the right perspective about waiting.. and about life.

I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." -Muhammad Ali

It is helpful to think of the waiting room as a training room because it is in this room that we prepare for the future. How many times do we realize that we can only understand life in the past tense?

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. -Joseph Campbell

I think that the secret of thriving in the waiting room is to understand that the only thing that can be controlled is us.. this self control is an inner battle.. read here for more about this kind of control.. and read here for more about waiting.


  1. Thanks for passing this along Bob. Just what I needed to hear as I am sitting on the couch in my own waiting room.

  2. I just cut and paste these quotes. Great post K-Bob! As Axl Rose would say "I just need a little patience"

  3. My thoughts on "waiting" is if you break it down to "daily" the waiting isn't so long.

    Yesterday is History...Tomorrow is still a mystery....TODAY is the "present" a Gift from God.

    I can handle one day, its dwelling on the past and future that makes waiting seem forever.

    This has been especially helpful now in my cancer journey. One day at a time...

    By the way....I'm "waiting" right now for MRI results...found out today the doctor won't be in until Wednesday... so I not even going to give it a thought until Wednesday! That's the way I cope!

    Thanks for all your great posts, Bob.


  4. Great quotes! Oh do I need patience and acceptance!


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