We live in an impatient culture, known for promoting ease and nearly instant access to what we want - whether that be food, information, transportation or hot water. Even though many of us might say that patience is a virtue, we may roll our eyes (at least internally) at the prospect of having to wait in line for anything.
Right now, those of us that celebrate Christmas are in the midst of a countdown of days until that holiday arrives. Many of us are also waiting for the dawn of a new year and all the possibilities that will bring.
Waiting can be a maddening, toe-tapping experience. When it is done with intention, though, it can also be an opportunity to gather focus, strength, and energy.
We can take a cue in more productive waiting from nature. By this time of year, most of the trees in this part of the world have shed their leaves and will be bare for several months before they show signs of new life. On the surface, it looks like they aren't doing anything, but there is actually some important work going on.
In the video below, I share three lessons that we can learn from their active waiting:
- Simplify - Get rid of mental and physical clutter so that you can be powerfully present to where you are (and where you aren't).
- Go Deep - Nourish your roots so that you can tap into your heart's desire. Find practices that connect you with your vision and values. These will ground and energize you when it is time for action.
- Gather Resources - As you gain clarity, begin to gather what you will need when the time is right. Seek information and support as needed. Create a plan and begin to arrange what you will need to be successful as you grow in the direction of your dreams.
As the holidays and a new year approaches, consider using this time of waiting to inquire powerfully into what is next for you. I also invite you to download this free wellness guide as a tool to deepen your inquiry.
What about you? What have you learned about waiting on purpose? Please share your wisdom with us in the comments below!