Waiting Out the Storm


We live in a “quick” society. We, as a people, like things fast. There’s no time to “smell the roses” so to speak. We have no patience for rubes. We drive fast. We work fast. We meet, fall in love, and marry fast. If things don’t work out… we get divorced fast. Some of us “live” for the weekends because we work jobs, or live lives that we hate. We want to rush through the days in an effort to get to a day when we can be happy.

The only problem with that is time is not forever. Each day you rush through is a day you aren’t living. It’s a day you will never have again. I ask you to ask yourself: How often have you rushed a situation, and wished you had an opportunity to go back? Have you ever said to yourself…”If I could just go back…”? I think that’s something everyone has gone thru at some point.

It caused me to think of situations I’ve been in, and ask myself exactly how far back I would need to go to correct everything I wish I could have done differently. I’m very happy with my life, but I could have done without falling down the stairs in high school. There are several moments a time machine would have come in handy to fix every situation that did not yield the desired result. What if I could live my life in reverse Benjamin Button style, without the reverse aging of course? When I looked at everything I would change, everything that brought me unhappiness, I realized most of my “mistakes” were due to impatience. Mistakes made from the rushing of a situation. I’m not one to “wait out a storm”, I like to fix things. I don’t like grief, strife, misunderstandings, and space. I like to fix it, and move on. Maybe if I gave time, to my heart’s desire, the situation would have resolved itself, and we would be together. There’s a lot to say for patience. There’s a lot to say for giving time to yourself and others. If couples gave themselves time, there wouldn’t be so many divorces. They say time heals all wounds, but sometimes we get caught up in being angry. In being right. Then a small situation has blown into a mountain.

If we gave ourselves time to think, maybe we wouldn’t be so rushed throughout the day. If we learned to be more thankful for what we do have instead of being upset over what we don’t have, we would enjoy our lives a lot more. Then so many people wouldn’t waste five days of their week waiting for the weekend.

When you’re young, you think you have all the time in the world. When you start to get older you realize time is passing, but you still live by the “I’ll do it tomorrow…” motto. Unfortunately, tomorrow turns into next week, next month… next year. Unexpected things occur, illness, car wrecks, you never know what’s going to happen, no one wants to look back on their life and wonder what could have been. What they wanted to do, but never had the chance. We all get wrapped up in “life”, but we make time for what we want to make time for. We make time for people we want to spend time with. Make time for you! Make time to do any and everything you want to do. Slow down. I use to pray for quick days, now I pray my days are as long as possible. Live every day because you will never see that day again. Wait out the storm, and make decisions slowly. Living life slowly and deliberately is the best gift you can give yourself!


  1. Thank u for that isnpiration and mind moving piece. This will help me out at as re-evalute my life and make decisions on what my next best moves should be.

  2. This article came at such a great time. I have to remind myself all the time to stay calm and just ride out the rough patches.

    Things will get better.

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