Monday, May 18, 2009

Are we capable of waiting?

There are number of occasions where we are compelled to wait. Be it at the bus stand or railway station waiting for the bus or train, waiting for someone who has promised to meet us at an appointed time, for the paper delivery boy to supply the day’s paper at day break or waiting for our spouse to get ready to go out with us, we need to wait for a few minutes or even longer. We become restless, fidgety and we start biting nails or walking up and down endlessly or buying a Pepsi to drink to keep engaged, looking at the watch every second minute. None of these can hasten the thing we are waiting for to materialize. It happens on its own. We are unable to sit at one place and calmly wait. We would have seen our mobile a dozen times for messages that are not there. We are all the time trying to keep our mind busy. This restlessness is contagious. It catches others too by your body language.
Can waiting be the only thing that we can be doing without making it tedious by such restlessness? When we say we are waiting, we are not actually waiting but expressing our tension in a variety of ways. As someone said we are constantly fleeing from waiting and are not capable of waiting. Instead of allowing the external distractions like the clock, mobile, Pepsi to disturb you for keeping your mind busy, would it not be good to calm the mind and be involved in the mere act of waiting, pure waiting free from discontentment and anger. I would not say eternally but for a reasonable time.Certain amount of patience and tolerance towards others would not be amiss. If we know the local train is scheduled to arrive at 6-15pm, stay quiet till 6-14pm engaging your mind on worthwhile thoughts instead of on mobile, watch or at the time–board. It is difficult but worth trying to make it a habit.


  1. Hi,
    Thanx for visiting my blog and taking pains to leave a comment.Was away on a vacation and cudn't repsond to it immediately.
    Keep visiting.

  2. yes, patience is necessary in life. good article.

  3. A well-written post.

    Yes, some rare ones are capable of waiting, because their faith is true. Don't you think so, KP?

    Best wishes :)

  4. Some can't even wait for the lift doors to close/open on its own. Will keep pressing the buttons without knowing it's useless.

  5. The subject chosen is really good.. and i totally agree and realize what u say!
    "None of these can hasten the thing we are waiting for to materialize. " this is so very true!!