Neil Gaiman on Waiting

So the day became one of waiting, which was, he knew, a sin: moments were to be experienced; waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding. Still, he was waiting.

– Neverwhere

As I begin Day 16 in the oncology wing of the hospital, I find Gaiman’s observation pertinent. I’ve managed to avoid waiting (for the most part) and let each moment come as it may; just because I’m in the hospital doesn’t mean I shouldn’t enjoy myself.

As people, we can spend much of our lives waiting to be somewhere else. At the office, we are waiting to be out the door and in our cars. During our commutes, we are tapping the steering wheel, waiting impatiently to be home. And over time, we wait for this daily ritual of work to be done so we can retire. Add up all the moments of your life. How many have you not fully experienced because you were waiting for the next thing?

2 Comments Neil Gaiman on Waiting

  1. Shawn McGuire

    Love this-

    Add up all the moments of your life. How many have you not fully experienced because you were waiting for the next thing?

    Use your time wisely and enjoy/live in the moment. I had a sgt in the Army who used the inevitable lag time of “hurry up and wait” to continually train up and discuss tactics, logistics, quizzing us on weapon systems, you name it.

    How much more would we all get done if we used our wait time reading, thinking or exercising our minds instead of scrolling thru cat photos and recycled posts on social media?

    YITB

    Shawn McGuire

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