Tuesday, 16 December 2008

The Art of Waiting

Are you good at waiting? I am. Here I am waiting for a walk. Of course, it is much harder if Tim or Mandy aren't home and I'm alone, which does not happen often. I hear some dogs aren't good at waiting and pester their people or create mischief, if they are alone. A lot of people aren't good at it and get very impatient. Apparently, Tim's father never queues up for anything and has been known to walk out of a supermarket rather than wait in line. (I'm counting on the fact that he doesn't read blogs written by dogs or I'll be in the dog house next time we visit.) Tim tells me that people in India are excellent at waiting. They can sit around and wait all day without getting impatient. 

Here are some tips for those humans and canines who need improvement at waiting;
1) Accept the situation. Don't compare the situation you are in with something else, especially the thing you are waiting for. Imagine that you are going to be waiting forever. Really experience it. This is life and life is great. In short, be in the moment.
2) Have faith. The next meal or walk is just around the corner. It will come when the time is right. Instead of rushing things, allow things to unfold in good time. 

So next time you find yourself waiting, enjoy it. I'm going to just lie around now. I'm sure Tim will take me for a walk in a while. 


Profoundly Inarticulate said...

Ruby, you are so sensible and wise. I've been thinking a lot lately about the virtues of appreciating the present moment, and not dwelling so much on the past or worrying over the future. So thanks for another reminder of why this is a good way to live.

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Mr. Shife said...

Well Ms. Ruby I hope you had a wonderful walk and you sure do dispense wonderful advice. You are wise beyond your years. I will definitely pass along your wisdom to my fat basset because he gets a little impatient with me sometimes.

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