Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. – Joyce Meyer
In the past few days, I have been spending a lot of my time, waiting in line-ups, sitting in planes, sitting in trains, waiting to arrive, waiting to reach some destination, waiting to get to some desired point.
I have realized just how much time we spend in lines, and waiting for things to happen.
It might be grocery line-ups, or it might be just waiting to get home.
It doesn’t really matter. It is still time that we are using up, precious time that we could be using for something useful.
My sister bought a mini-keyboard for her iPad, and she has been typing up a Sci-Fi novel (I expect it to be a best-seller), while she commutes on the subway system for 2 hours every day. She usually ends up getting a seat, so she sits in her seat, typing furiously on her keyboard. People stare at her, thinking that she’s a weirdo, probably, while they sit there twiddling their thumbs, waiting to get to their destination. She has finished her book and now she sits there editing it. Can you believe that? She spent her commute time, writing up a sci-fi novel. That is absolutely amazing. Such a great use of waiting time.
You don’t have to spend your waiting time, writing a book. You could spend it reading hundreds of books (Recently, my sister watched as a lady finished a whole book over the 5 hour flight). You could spend it listening to hundreds of hours of podcasts – there are so many educational podcasts. You could spend it taking a course on Coursera – free online courses from acclaimed universities, like Princeton, or Harvard.
I have been spending my commute time as I have said before, listening to hundreds of hours of archived programming on options trading on the tastytrade network. I have gone from a person who didn’t know anything about options trading, to a person who is trading regularly, and learning more and more about it every day. Absolutely amazing!
Of course, I’m not advocating filling up every free moment, that is of course, not what this is about. If you are actually sitting there, meditating on life, and the important questions, or just sitting there, enjoying the view and the people watching, then that’s totally fine.
But living in the present moment, will not happen if you are waiting for something to happen.
If you are spending those precious minutes, feeling bored, hating every minute of it, waiting to get to your destination, that is an absolute waste of your time.
I heard a long time ago, from George Carlin, that if you are bored in this amazing world of ours, with so much that is going on all the time, then that’s your own fault, not the worlds’.
Take advantage of the age of free information that we live in. Download podcasts on your phone and you will be surprised at how fast you will go through these podcasts.