However, we all spend a tremendous amount of time waiting. In fact, I wonder how many hours/days/years we spend waiting in an average lifetime. I'm sure there is some type of fancy math formula to figure that one out...
62 minutes a day.Wow!!
The below paragraph states: in 70 years, the average person spends at
least 3 years waiting.
I calculated that those 3 years would be approximately 4.3% of time
spent waiting or 62 minutes a day.
Waiting, an inevitable and even necessary aspect of human life is not
something that most of us relish. We wait in lines: in order to
purchase groceries; to be served at popular restaurants; to be
attended to in a bank; at stop signs and traffic signals; at amusement
parts; to see a play or film. We must also wait for flowers to grow
and bloom; for babies to be born; for wounds to heal; for bread to
rise and cheese to age; for children to mature; for friends to call;
for love to deepen. Statisticians have estimated that in a lifetime of
70 years, the average person spends at least three years waiting!
Currently, I am waiting. I'm waiting to come up with a great idea for dinner.
I am waiting for my soon-to-be-ex's attorney to contact me to sign papers.
I'm always waiting for payday.
I'm waiting to do some much-anticipated travel this summer.
I'm waiting to start the next chapter of my life.
I'm waiting for my grades from Spring Quarter to get posted.
And, I am waiting to start attending classes at University.
(that last one is a whopper!)
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But, there are some good things about waiting, right?
It builds anticipation and then appreciation and excitement when the awaited 'whatever' arrives.
Waiting builds patience, and good self-discipline (in that you don't always need instant-gratification).
Sometimes while waiting, we have the opportunity to change our minds when we discover what we were waiting for wasn't that great after all.
Waiting in line gives you a chance to shmooze with those waiting with you, like in a concert line or at the grocery store.
Can you think of anything else that is good about waiting?
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