The Power of Waiting



“Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act”- Paulo Coelho


I’ve been a rather impatient person for much of my life. I just can’t wait for things to start happening quickly. The wheels of motion, moving super-fast is what exhilarates me.

I thought, waiting was something you did if you didn’t have nerve or opinion. It was just a pretext not to take action. But why just me? Most people feel waiting is a waste of time. They want to seize the day, the moment and make something happen.

But over the years I have learnt to accept life as it is and I know better now.

Waiting may actually be one of the most powerful tools we have for creating the life we want.  

The ego, or mind, is very uncomfortable with waiting. This is the part of you that screams, “Do something! Anything is better than nothing!” And, because we are a very ego-driven society, you’ll find plenty of external voices that back up that message.

The mind hates uncertainty, and would rather make a mistake than simply live in a state of “not knowing.” The uncertainty, the edge between possibilities, is a place of pure potential. We could take any direction from here. When we slow down, the landscape gradually becomes clearer. We are able to see the picture in its entirety. We start to use all of our senses.

There’s a proper timing to all things. There are things that happen on a subconscious level, in ourselves and in others, that prepare us for the next step. Oddly, when the time to act does come, there’s often a sense of inevitability about it, as if it was always meant to be this way.

Somehow you know in your bones that everything will turn out exactly the way you want it. You don’t feel fear. Or doubt. And there is a definite sense of “now’s the time” .  Call it your sixth sense, or intuition, but you definitely know.

Have you seen the migratory birds? They know it’s time to fly away to warmer climates. They don’t stand around debating whether to go, consulting maps and calendars. They just go when the time is right.

In the same way we can cultivate our inner sensitiveness that lets us know what to do when the time is right. We need to keep our inner senses tuned to urges or intuitions.  And expect that an answer will come.

There’s a subtle but very real difference between the feeling of fear which holds you back from doing something you long to do, and hesitations which warn you that a decision which looks good on the surface is not right for you.

Wait instead. More will be revealed, if you give it some time.

Don’t rush through life. Linger in the unknown and see what becomes clear as you sit with uncertainty.

Learn to trust that silent voice in your gut.

Have faith that the right course will unfold at the perfect time.

And then, when the time comes, just do it, as simply and naturally as the birds take flight.

Have a great week.



2 thoughts on “The Power of Waiting

  1. Love this blog post to the core. This gives a complete new perspective especially, for the restless souls like me (Sonali from thejetsetgocouple) 🙂 Loved the line – ‘Don’t rush through life. Linger in the unknown and see what becomes clear as you sit with uncertainty.’ Hope to see more of your work Madhavi.

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