Worth the wait

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The way I see it, everyone’s playing the waiting game. At the moment I’m surrounded by folk shuffling impatiently in life’s waiting room. Waiting to land that new job, waiting to buy that dream home, waiting for the arrival of a new bub. Or, more simply, waiting for the weekend, waiting for a takeaway coffee or waiting for the traffic lights to change.

Recently, I had my own little lightbulb moment. You see, I too spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting at bus stops and waiting at train stations are pretty much de rigueur for us car-less but there is an upside to the downtime. I’ve forged some really formidable friendships at bus stops. While getting from A to B these great gals took the time to see an opportunity to chew the fat and golly I’m grateful for that.

Likewise, last year I met Renee from Mummy Wife Me while waiting for a lift at a blogging conference. Since then, Renee’s opened many more doors for me by sharing some invaluable online tips.

So here’s my tip for the taking; look up from your clock watching every now and then ’cause you just might discover something that makes the wait worthwhile.

Tell me, what are you waiting for?

Linking up with Champagne Missives for A Glass Full Of Bubbles.

14 Comments

  • I have a problem with not using short chunks of time properly. There are so many things I don’t start, or keep working on because I think i don’t have a big enough amount of time to tackle it properly. I think that might be the difference between efficient people and me.

    • Reply May 23, 2015

      Tonia

      I know exactly what you mean Gael, it’s kind of like the Goldilocks of clocks…some time frames are too short, too long or just not quite right! Hope you get some downtime this weekend.

  • Reply May 23, 2015

    Renee Wilson

    Thanks so much for the shout out, Tonia!! I’m so glad we met at that moment in time when we were both hanging around waiting. We really need to spend less time watching our screens and more time living life and taking in every thing around us. Me? I’m waiting for the kids to go to bed, so I can watch a movie 🙂 Have a great Saturday night, lovely. Thanks again xx

    • Reply May 23, 2015

      Tonia

      My pleasure, treasure. I’m so grateful to have met you – a case of great timing! Enjoy your slow down tonight. Here’s to a lazy Sunday too. Should be more of it, I say. xx

  • Reply May 23, 2015

    Fluffy

    I so get this post – I am constantly struggling with why we are all so tied into this concept of time and moving from one ‘thing’ to the next. I’m a conversationalist and an observer – so those moments ‘between’ are filled with pleasurable, unique moments. Meanwhile, I am waiting for my future husband… I will know him because the first thing he will do is apologise for keeping me waiting 😉
    Thanks for linking up at Champagne Missives 🙂 xx

    • Reply May 23, 2015

      Tonia

      Love this comment Fluffy. Sounds like we’re on the same page. Thanks for taking time out to pop over to the blog. Enjoy your weekend x

  • Reply May 23, 2015

    Diana

    Tonia.. Thanks for the timely reminder “to be present” and notice the opportunities – I am doing the Mindful In May Challenge and at the moment I find I am constantly being reminded that I need to look up.

    btw love the Mummy Wife Me blog. thanks.

    • Reply May 23, 2015

      Tonia

      I love the sound of Mindful in May, Diana. Great idea! Don’t forget to take some time out tomorrow. After all, that’s why Sundays were invented. Glad you checked out Mummy Wife Me – one of my favs too x

  • Reply May 23, 2015

    Sita

    This is so true Tonia!!
    Sometimes it feels like a constant waiting game and not living in the now!
    I am waiting for my trip to the U.S. And Canada to arrive… 2 weeks!!

    • Reply May 23, 2015

      Zita

      previous comment from me, Zita! Darn autocorrect!

      • Reply May 24, 2015

        Tonia

        Gotcha!

    • Reply May 24, 2015

      Tonia

      Golly your trip is almost here! Hope these next two weeks of waiting are full of fun bon voyage get-togethers. Can’t wait to follow your adventures online. Safe travels. x

  • Reply May 24, 2015

    merilyn

    always love your posts thankyou tonia!
    you are very perceptive! … I relate as I am an observer!
    the last couple of years whilst on holidays in queensland we’ve been catching public transport and we love it! … ofcourse one gets a bit more street savvy this way too! … things to learn!;
    we trained it into Brisbane from the sunshine coast then the city cats because we are water people! … we absolutely loved it! … we stayed in Brisbane before an early flight and caught the airport train! Brisbane is an excellent city for catering to tourists!
    also we stayed in geelong and went into Melbourne by train! too easy!
    we love walking around an area and discovering interesting nooks and crannies
    … what’s up that lane etc!
    yes it is good a thing to be present! … it’s a good thing not always taking the car! …
    liz at “i spy plumpie” talks about all things eco friendly and natural plus good veg recipes! … you might like to take a look, she is lovely too!
    i will look at renee’s blog.
    enjoy your sunday! … love m:)X

    • Reply May 24, 2015

      Tonia

      Snap! I’ve ridden the city cats too; aren’t they a great way to see the Brissie CBD? I’m with you on the walking too. Melbourne’s CBD is perfect for a Sunday stroll (or any day of the week, come to think of it). Thanks for the tip re: Liz’s blog – I’ll pop over and have a read. Thanks Merilyn x

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