En­joy a long wait..!

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - Email: bob­s­ban­ter@gmail.com Robert Cle­ments

SATUR­DAY was a dif­fer­ent day for me; as I de­cided to take a long drive with a friend of mine to check out an old folk’s home for an un­cle of mine.

I en­joyed the drive and the com­fort­able car he took me in. He wasn’t driv­ing, his driver was, and when we got stuck in a traf­fic jam, I saw him be­com­ing im­pa­tient.

“Hey!” I said, “maybe this jam gives us time to catch up with each other?” And sud­denly we re­al­ized we had ex­tra time which could be well used. You’ve heard it said, “Hurry up and wait!” But learn­ing to wait calmly is an im­por­tant part of liv­ing. In this age of high- speed con­nec­tions and in­stan­ta­neous re­sults, it helps to re­mem­ber that the Mayflower made its his­toric voy­age across the At­lantic Ocean at about two miles per hour! Have you ever won­dered how those early set­tlers oc­cu­pied their time as they waited for their ship to reach?

I love the story of a pas­sen­ger on Bri­tain’s Im­pe­rial Air­ways, a com­pany that pi­o­neered air travel be­tween Eng­land and Aus­tralia in the mid- 1930s. “If you have time to spare, go by air,” was the pop­u­lar ex­pres­sion of the day. Air­lin­ers were both slow and in­ca­pable of fly­ing long dis­tances.

One of the very first flights took off from Croy­don Air­port near Lon­don and flew to north­ern France where it was de­layed ex­ten­sively due to bad weather.

When it ar­rived in the south of France, one of the mo­tors had failed and it was nec­es­sary to wait for an­other en­gine to be shipped by sea from Eng­land. There were fur­ther lengthy de­lays along the route in Rome, Cairo, the Mid­dle East, etc., un­til fi­nally the flight had pro­gressed as far as Sin­ga­pore.

At this point a lady pas­sen­ger asked the man­ager in Sin­ga­pore if he thought the flight would ar­rive in Aus­tralia in the next few weeks be­cause she was ex­pect­ing a baby shortly. “My dear lady,” he replied, “you should never have com­menced your trip in that con­di­tion.” She replied, “I didn’t.”

Next time you miss a flight, think about her predica­ment and “hurry up and be pa­tient”! The sooner you’re pa­tient, the eas­ier your life will be­come. When you’re pa­tient, you can re­lax and en­joy the ride.

There is great ben­e­fit in learn­ing to wait calmly and creatively. Here is a “wait­ing check­list” to test your wait­ing skills which I read about and am pass­ing on to you: Do you ex­pect de­lays, or do they catch you un­awares? Do you an­tic­i­pate those times when you are likely to have to wait?

Do you calmly let your in­ner mo­tor idle though oth­ers around you may be strip­ping their gears? Do you wel­come un­ex­pected de­lays as a gift of time, which can be used creatively?

Do you use the free time to plan ahead or qui­etly med­i­tate ( to get in touch with God who must be smil­ing as He waits for you to re­al­ize it’s His time)?

Do you pre­pare for de­lays? Do you have work or en­ter­tain­ment handy when forced to wait?

So ask your­self to­day if you mak­ing the most of your wait­ing time? We will never es­cape de­lays, but we can use them creatively. Now is the time to hurry up and be pa­tient..! —

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