I read a cool quote earlier this month, which resonated with me: “Time is only boring if you’re waiting for something.”
I’ve been pondering those words for this first stretch of 2017, as I think about how I want to live out this fresh, new year. To me, it speaks of living in the moment and being present; it’s a reminder that I don’t have to constantly be focused on what’s next.
In fact, the more I think about it, the more relevant it is. I can be impatient in the little moments – waiting for my kids, or sitting at a red light. And I can be impatient in the big moments, too, such as waiting to develop a new skill or to take on an exciting, new writing assignment.
When you’re waiting for something, time can seem eternal. Waiting for your turn at the grocery store. Waiting for it to be time to go home from work. Waiting to catch the bus. Waiting for your next big career break. Mentally, if you choose to remain there, that time sucks. It’s torturous. It’s BORING.
But if I subtly shift my attitude, it can make a world of difference. Instead of fixating on the “wasted” minutes and the next task I “need” to complete, I can find contentment in the present. Maybe I can work on my own creative work till that next great assignment comes along. Maybe I can breathe the fresh air at the bus stop – and enjoy the fresh wind on my face, after sitting in front of a computer all day. Maybe I can just “be” and have that be enough.
When I’m able to do that – and it’s certainly not all day, every day – I find myself feeling so much more appreciative of where I’m at. And perhaps instead of waiting for what I want, I can shift that energy into going out and getting it.
So, what are you waiting for this year? Has January been flying by, or are you just waiting for it to end? Here’s wishing you a 2017 filled with going after the things you want – and enjoying the moments you already have.