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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Life in Limbo-What are You Waiting For?

I know, I just sent you a blog the other day, but I felt inspired to write.  So here we are.  I must also say that a lot of the time when I sit down to write I have only the first part in my head, and then my fingers seem to take on a life of their own.

Have you ever read the Dr. Suess book "Oh The Places You'll Go?" There's a part in it where he talks about a place called the 'waiting place'.  Feels a bit like that's where we are right now, waiting to head to the "Jungles of Nool" (a.k.a Brazil).   We can't go back, we've come to far, but we can't quite move forward, either. (really tempted to rhyme here!)

"Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.

Everyone is just waiting."-Dr. Suess

So, a quarter of the way there but still fully here we try to live day by day, minute by minute, stuffing as much life into our days as we can.  We try to visit and spend time with friends more than usual, with the 'I don't know if I will get another chance before we go' at the back of our minds.

It can be a difficult place to be in if you let it.  Frustrating not knowing if your coming or going. Unless you see it as an opportunity instead of an obstacle.

What if we just always lived our lives like this, like we didn't know when we might not see friends and family again, squishing as much living into life as we could?  Savouring moments and afternoons and conversations.  Shouldn't that be the way we are all the time?

When someone dies, the first thing out of peoples mouths is often 'But...I just saw him".  How can someone be here and then not? It's hard to wrap our heads around isn't it?  And then there's that gnawing feeling of all the words unsaid and things undone the endless list of 'if only's'.

I want to encourage you to "Carpe diem", seize the day, every day, even if you are going to keep your feet firmly planted on your home soil all of your days.   Live like you are getting on a plane tomorrow and see how that changes your relationships, your perspective and your attitude towards the little things and the big things in life, are you still waiting?

That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!"
-Dr. Suess

If you are still waiting, what are you waiting for?


Dan Thiessen said...

Love it but then I love Dr Seuss too! Sandy

ZJT said...

just... :-)

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