Our Waiting Game
As I sit in the early hours at the waiting room at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, for a friend to be rid of concerns, I remember the early start to this day … how it was flooded with bright light from the waning moon, how the birds were waiting to start their day with the rise of the sun … how all creatures great and small spend much time waiting.
Waiting games aren’t always fun and often require more patience than we have. Or than we think we have. Since March, we’ve been tasked with waiting for countless things we’ve not had to deal with before. Rearranged lives, waiting out the siege. Learning the art of mask wearing for hours, the restrictions placed on our life for everyone’s safety. The year has been provoking and full of waiting for something. Testing, vaccines, election results, school plans, church services, news that brings anything other than the angst and annoyances.
Patience enhances civility. Impatience can bring misunderstandings and unintended consequences. If we can remember to take a few breaths … to regroup and remember it’s not just us affected by all these things, the reserves we have to be patient, forgiving and kind through this whole business will make things easier for all.
Sending good wishes for patience and peace this first day of October.