I believe we notice things because we are either consciously paying attention or subconsciously attuned to it.
And amidst the hundreds of pictorial quotes, this one caught my eye … So, other than my usual fascination with trees, I intuitively know there is more and that’s when I notice the word ‘waiting’.
I sense a waiting, an anticipation of something about to happen… alright, there is always something literally about to happen but this feels like a fork in the road. A reckoning, perhaps… Perhaps it is my impatience saying… enough already, time to make it happen!
Yet you’re right if you have gotten this far with me, that waiting seems passive. And I get it, I am usually pro-active yet there is an impetus here to be cautious, more so than usual, and to be patient.
I have had years of practice, constantly trying to hold my ground, to sit with the bad, to rejoice in the good… And if I had given you the impression that I was waiting passively – mental picture of sitting staring out the window pining for the moment to come, for the waiting to be over – then I’m sorry to disappoint.
Life goes on… and I will not be left behind 😉
Waiting patiently in this context is an active energy… a consolidated energy waiting for the moment to burst forth. ‘The moment’ … will reveal itself as I remain aware, paying attention to the signs, noticing the winds of change. As Lao Tzu said,
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
So next time something catches your eye, don’t take it for granted, don’t ignore it. Instead acknowledge your noticing, and ask ‘why’. The answer may surprise you.