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Right now, time is on hold. I am waiting. The thing is, I am probably the least patient person that you have ever met. I read the last chapter of a book shortly after having started it, because I can’t wait. I read summaries of the movies I am going to watch too. I just can’t wait. I hate waiting. It drives me mad.

That said, I have no choice. I have to wait. I am waiting for the school to finish. I am waiting for some important papers for my business. I am waiting for various persons to call me back, but nothing, absolutely nothing, seems to be happening.
Mind you, I am not the only one. Not that it is much consolation. One of my friends is waiting for her boyfriend to propose. My babysitter is waiting for her exam results. My neighbour is waiting for some medical tests results. Everybody is waiting. I am not alone.
In France, I once had a Jesuit school prefect who said something like “You need to see waiting times as times of hope.” Easier said than done. Right now, all I can see in me is anger and impatience. He is right, I know he is right. It is nice to hope, but come on, something has to happen now.
The British way is to have a cup of tea with friends and they will sympathise and say:
“Dear Oh dear, don’t worry, it will happen eventually.”
Eventually. I never really understood when eventually will materialise. How long does it take?
So here I am, waiting and hoping. Something has got to happen, right?

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Carol

    We are all just waiting for the end of waiting. Waiting is life. Sometimes it is better to just enjoy the waiting 🙂

  • Ah, yes, the impatience gene. I fear it is dominant.

  • Carolina HeartStrings

    Tammie and I are both extremely impatient people. It is probably a good thing to at least be the same else one of us would be waiting on the other regarding posts and blog business and it would be aggravating. I even named a challenging rescue dog Patience in the hope I might gain some. It did NOT work out.

  • Suerae Stein

    I hate waiting too. It tests my patience for sure. Right now I am waiting for my daughter to pack so we can go home. Sigh.


    I think most of us hate waiting…the trick is to find something to occupy you, according to Anita..

  • Ann Mullen

    I have a smart phone I carry around, not to use as a phone, but as a mini computer. I can dig through Facebook looking for things to repost, read email or read a book. I even read at train stops. The worst kind of waiting for me is when I really don’t want to start something while I am waiting, like hearing from doctors, government agencies, people who say they will be here at a certain time and then are not, wondering where one of my adult children went for 3 days, you know the sort of thing.

  • SarahHague

    I used to be impatient, then I lived in Cairo for a year and I learned patience or jump off a high building.

  • MuMuGB

    You are ahead of me, Sarah. I am very impatient.

  • MuMuGB

    I am the same. I don’t like to start something when I know that I will be interrupted. That said, it happens all the time.

  • MuMuGB

    Anita is right, of course. hat said, I hate starting something when I know I will be interrupted. I can’t win!

  • MuMuGB

    Same here. My daughters have no sense of urgency. They take their own sweet time even when we are in a hurry. It drives me mad.

  • MuMuGB

    I really don’t know what to do to gain some. Maybe yoga will help? Maybe…

  • MuMuGB

    Very dominant indeed…I don’t know what to do.

  • MuMuGB

    I wish I could! How do you manage to enjoy the waiting?

  • Carol

    I once had a book called “waiting games” They were word games or observation games that you did while waiting. Right now I take a camera with me and use the time to take pictures or muse about taking pictures and them post about them

  • MuMuGB

    Good advice. I hate waiting. I need to find myself something to do.