Killing Time or Filling Time

Photo by Yuanpei Hua

You know that feeling you get when you're waiting for someone or something to arrive and they'll be there any minute now, so you can't really start doing something else, so you just kind of... wait?

Maybe you watch TV, stare at your phone, or flit through your emails to distract your brain from the waiting, but you don't actually do things you want to do, because you don't want to start and then get interrupted. But then you wind up truly doing nothing in the meantime, and that meantime can stretch on for who knows how long because you don't know if the person you are waiting for is running late or not coming or just outside the door?

Here's the 57 million dollar question: are you (and am I) doing that with your life? Are you holding off on doing any of the things you really want to do because you're waiting for someone or something else that might arrive any minute now?

What are you waiting for? A relationship? A career opportunity? Some kind of physical or mental healing? Spiritual enlightenment?

What would we be doing with that time if we weren't waiting for something else to show up?

What if, instead of killing that "meantime", we filled it by doing the things we actually want to do? It seems that the worst-case scenario is that we get interrupted. The best-case scenario? We enjoy the time more as it passes, get closer to another goal, and/or contribute something meaningful to the world.

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