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What if you lived your entire life completely without urgency? You went to classes, you ate your meals, on Saturday nights a boy you didn’t love took you to the movies; now and then you actually had a conversation with someone. The rest of the time -the hours that weren’t accounted for-you spent waiting for something to happen to you; when you were particularly desperate, you went out looking for it.
The numbing mind-ream of knowing you’re alone not because people won’t accept you but because you find so little worth accepting. An imposed solitude is better than simply tolerating your company in waiting for something better. So loneliness is not such a terrible thing when you consider that the alternative to thought provoking solace is to be surrounded only by remindings of why that solitude is preferable.
I believe that a trusting attitude and a patient attitude go hand in hand. You see, when you let go and learn to trust God, it releases joy in your life. And when you trust God, you’re able to be more patient. Patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.
I used to let a lot of unimportant things bother me. I don’t anymore. Right now, things are going great in my life. It used to be when that happened, I would be waiting for something to go wrong. Now I don’t expect that – if something negative does happen, I’ll deal with it, learn from it and realize it is the way it is supposed to be.
Like many people, I have no religion, and I am just sitting in a small boat drifting with the tide. I live in the doubts of my duty…. I think there is dignity in this, just to go on working…. Today we stand naked, defenseless, and more alone than at any time in history. We are waiting for something, perhaps another miracle, perhaps the Martians. Who knows?
It occurred to Susan that men were always waiting for something cataclysmic-love or war or a giant asteroid. Every man wanted to be a hot-headed Bruce Willis character, fighting against the evil foreign enemy while despising the domestic bureaucracy. Men just wanted to focus on one big thing, leaving the thousands of smaller messes for the women around them to clean up.