One of the hardest things for many of us to do is to wait. A conversation with my wise significant other about my inability to stand still instead of rushing into the next thing on my agenda led to thoughts on the subject. He commented on this as one of our most challenging habits to break. Consequently, many people will arrive at the end of their lives with a checked off “to do” list and very few memories of the life that occurred between the pencil marks.
There is certainly nothing wrong with confidence, ambition, and the desire to be productive. The problem is that true contentment is hard to find when we jump from one goal to the next, forgetting that life happens in the moments we least expect. It’s harder to make big decisions about life or the next step if we are still buried in present goals. If we never stop, all we see is what is right in front of us. Sometimes it helps to take a breath and a step back, and look at the big picture. If we take time to look at our lives and the decisions we make, we will be more content, whether we are moving forward in our next endeavor, or simply enjoying the current season life has brought us.
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Semisonic