Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The NOW Syndrome

Time. It’s a tricky critter. We’re all either trying to find more it. Or lamenting the fact it’s not passing fast enough.
Hurry up and wait. Who among us hasn’t heard that once or twice. . .or twenty times? It’s one of those sayings that is burned into the back our brains. The constant push-pull of our journey through life. Most days, I’m fine with that. Because, hey, it’s the journey that’s most important. . .where all the learning takes place. . .all the fun too.  
Right?
Yeah, right. It is. . .absolutely.  
But, man, sometimes it’s a challenge, isn’t it? All that waiting.
The trick, I guess--where the real magic comes in--is refusing to surrender to the idea that waiting means staying still, remaining static. . .circling the runway in a holding pattern where nothing gets done and frustration skyrockets.
I could be the poster child for that attitude if I chose to be. I’m the NOW girl. The impatient one. . .the “Okay, when, when, when?” monster if I let myself.
But, being that way is a choice. And I choose a different path. One where I keep moving, muscling ahead in the hopes that when the “NOW” really happens (and I just know it will!) I’ll be ready for it. I’ll meet that sucker head on and kick its a**.  
So, yeah. No way I’m standing still. I’ve got my boxing gloves on and the heavy bag to hit. And the more time I have, the stronger my jab, left cross and uppercut’s gonna be when opportunity comes knocking.

17 comments:

  1. Great post. I just said this in an email to a friend last night, about how fast time goes when you don't want it to, and how slow it goes when you need it to speed up! I mean, it's March already (yay!) which means the year is going fast. It just doesn't seem to be going fast in the right areas! LOL

    Donna

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  2. I'm definately in the 'not enough time' camp. Sometimes NOW arrives a little too quickly!
    Great post.

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  3. I feel like now is always. Not that I wish that time would slow down, just that I'm always spending my time doing what matters to me and making it count. Every moment is NOW. Every moment is the moment that could make everything happen. And when it does, well then I'll find more stuff to do. lol.

    <3 Gina Blechman

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  4. Waiting has been the bane of my existence for the past few months. Even when knowing good news in on the horizon it's wait, wait, wait. Bah! :)

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  5. I hear yah, Kristen. It's the hardest part for me too!!!

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  6. This is motivational. Makes me want to yell at the microwave to hurry up and cook my supper! LOl. Nice post, reminds us that time passes too fast, yet, never fast enough.

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  7. Waiting is hard, but I guess it teaches patience and living in the moment. I stink at it. :)

    I heard a saying once something along the lines of farmers plow the fields and plant the seeds so when the rain comes they'll be ready. (OK I probably butchered it, but you get the idea right?) Be ready for the rain so you can dance in it.

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  8. Oh, I like that. Dancing in the rain. Great analogy!

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  9. Hey EC! Boy do I hear this one! I think that our immediate gratification society has in many ways made it worse. We don't want to be patient, we want it NOW! And 'hurry up and wait' is the story of my life. Ugh! :)

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  10. I am one of the most impatient people in the world! Waiting is tantamount to a root canal for me...no good.

    Much like you I do something else. That cooling off period after writing MS#1 has been spent writing MS#2...now that MS#2 is nearly done I can revisit #MS#1 and edit.

    I too take the boxing glove mentality...birds of a feather I guess. Great Post!

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  11. Time: we either have too much or too little. Seems like never the right amount.

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  12. Hey KM...I usual things in terms of boxing analogies! Gives me the strength to power through, even when I'm frustrated by something. . .like waiting! lol

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  13. Well stated. Come out fighting, or not at all.

    EJW

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  14. Inspiring post- The waiting is the worst for me.

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  15. Awesome! I need this approach. I've been more the scambles-and-then-gives-up gal lately. Never enough time, but that could just be me. :) A fellow crusader stopping by to say "hello!"

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  16. /cheers! I'm your 130th follower!

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  17. Yeah! 130 followers! I need to throw a party....or something.(: Thanks for stopping by everybody!

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