I do not enjoy waiting! And in the world we live in today, we don’t have to wait for much. One of the ladies in my Life Planning Class commented that “everyday is Christmas” and it’s true. So many of us get what we want, when we want it… I know I do. Waiting is really quite bad, right? What is the garbage about “good things come to those who wait”?
I have had some really bad experiences with waiting. There have been some things that I have wanted in my life and have waited, and waited, and waited, and they never came to pass. These experiences have made me very bitter about the whole concept of waiting. My experience certainly has not shown me that good comes out of waiting. Pain, sorrow and frustration come from waiting, right?
I just bought something that I have waited for for about a year and a half… an upright bass! I love bluegrass music and I decided at the age of 40 that I was going to learn how to play the upright bass! Why not! But I decided this right about the same time my husband and I put together a financial plan to get out of debt and save some money in savings. Those two desires did not work together. The purchase of my bass simply had to be put on the back burner until we could pay off some of our current debt. For the first time in a long time, I have had to wait for something, and what do you know, a lot of good came from it! Who would have guessed?
Waiting…Allowed me to take control and not allow my emotions to control my decision. Sometimes when I first have an idea for something my emotions and desire for it are really high, but as time goes by, the feeling of excitement lessens and lessens. When we put off buying things, we can really make sure we want it and that it is not just part of a fleeting emotion.
Waiting…Gave me an opportunity to learn a lot. I had a lot of time as I waited, so I used it constructively. I enjoyed listening to music and recognizing the bass line in the song. I enjoyed learning and researching. I enjoyed looking at pictures as well as talking to people about the bass. It was a great time for learning.
Waiting…Changed things. As I waited, it became less about the item itself and more about the people I have met and am going to meet along the way. The experience has become so much richer.
Waiting…Allowed the day I bought the bass to really feel like Christmas again, the way it felt as a child. As I grew up, I looked forward to a new Christmas dress my mom made for me every year and I looked forward to one main gift that I really wanted. We got clothes and the necessities throughout the year, but Christmas was set aside for something special. I have missed that feeling of excitement and anticipation, but I enjoyed it once again the day I bought my bass!
Waiting…Allowed me to keep my priorities and work towards a great goal. So today I can say, I have my cake and eat it too! I have my bass and we are farther out of debt.
Is there something in your life you are waiting for? Is there something you should put off and wait for? The time of waiting can be great if we allow it to be. Good things can come to those who wait!