Lady in Waiting

“For fast acting relief, try slowing down”. –  Lily Tomlin

We’ve all heard the idea that life sometimes throws obstacles in your path to force you to slow down- and that the slowing down will serve a purpose. All right, sure. I’ll take one for the team here, so we can find out how much truth there is in that idea. For the last month, I’ve been living this particular lesson as I’ve been recovering from foot surgery.

Before I went in, someone told me they’d be interested to see what I learned from this time. I felt sure that it would offer me yet another lesson in patience. It did … but, as usual, my conclusion in that regard is that I still have a long way to go. I do not wait well.

Whatever.

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Hold Your Water

“There will be water if God wills it.” – Stephen King

This is one of my favorite quotes from The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, and one I repeat to myself quite frequently in uncertain situations. To put the phrase in general context, it comes as a reply when one character asks another whether they will achieve their desired goal- and sooner, rather than later.

The response he receives is short and very simple. “There will be water if God wills it”. In other words, stop trying to control the situation; the things that are meant to be will happen in their own time.

Patience may be a virtue, but I can assure you that it’s not one I’m naturally gifted with. I’ve developed a better sense of equanimity as I’ve gotten older, but I’ll be the first to admit that I still really, really enjoy seeing a resolution to something that is troubling me- and sooner, rather than later. As such, I generally don’t do well with waiting or uncertainty. Of course, this tendency doesn’t exactly work with… well, you know… actual, day-to-day life.

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