From a biblical standpoint, oath taking isn’t encouraged. From a modern medicine standpoint, the oath that physicians take — to do no harm — is encouraged, and strongly.

But I wonder if every one of us, those who wait well … and those who, well, don’t … might consider applying another biblical principle to their lives?

How about making good on the biblical principle, “Love thy neighbor as thyself?”

Rather than getting all upset about being made to wait longer than we’d like, let’s all step up to the call of treating everyone (even our medical professionals) with courtesy, patience and grace. It can’t hurt; it can only help and heal.

So the next time you're left waiting for an hour because of an unexpected emergency and your friendly neighborhood professional begs your pardon upon greeting you … give it.

There are only two ways to wait. We either choose to wait well or we wait poorly.

There are only two ways to wait. We either choose to wait well or we wait poorly.

Think about how you feel when your best-laid plans go wrong. We've all had those days when we started out on time armed with a solid plan of great intent and then we were interrupted, stalled and thwarted.

How did we feel? We were discouraged, weary, and wanted to give up.

In the coming days, do yourself and everyone else a favor: hone that memory of yours that never forgets an offense against you.

Take the “oath” to keep others from harm. Purpose to never rattle someone's already fragile emotional cage with your unrelenting demands or unrealistic expectations.

Rather, tell them you understand. Tell them you appreciate their diligent service. Tell them: thank you.

Guaranteed, you'll begin to see the person behind the professional façade, and we all know how terrific it feels to have someone see the “us” behind what we “do.”

Never view waiting as wasted time, these are simply opportune moments allotted for the purpose of regaining some inner stillness, calm and clarity.

Weight Bearing Exercises for Body and Soul Health

There are only two ways to wait. We either choose to wait well or we wait poorly. If we give in to impatient thoughts and words, then we risk jeopardizing both our health and those with whom we come into contact.

In a society where there is only stop and go, waiting offers a welcome in-between space to purposefully hit the pause button and to rest and reflect.

It doesn't matter what we're waiting for — an appointment, an apology or an answer. It's the conduct of our heart and minds that will make all the difference.

Waiting well:

  • Lowers blood pressure: When we accept the uncontrollable as necessarily part of daily life our physical bodies take note and respond accordingly.
  • Reduces inner-stress: from headaches to body aches, we just feel better when we realize we are not in control of others' behaviors or responses, only our own.
  • Makes one more productive; being forced to wait in one area allows more time and energy to invest in countless others, there is no wasted time if we use each day to its fullest.
  • Allows for better decision making; rather than reacting with anger and impulsivity, we thoughtfully consider, decide, and determine taking into account all possible repercussions of our choices.
  • Expands our understanding of another's perspective: removing ourselves from the emotional intensity of the moment enables us to see a situation more accurately as time passes.
  • Gives opportunity to love sacrificially; we deepen, grow, and change every time we put someone's needs above our own, personal discomfort and all.

Waiting poorly:

  • Raises blood pressure; as our mind thinks, our emotions flare, and from head to toe our bodies respond to the stress. What and how we process our thoughts and experiences does matter.
  • Produces anxiety; we fret, worry, and stew…and completely forfeit the inner peace for which we so long.
  • Inhibits productivity; when we focus exclusively on what we can't have, we become completely immobilized and paralyzed, unable to be of any good to anyone or anything else in our lives.
  • Increases chances of reacting impulsively: stand back, don't react. The more frequently a person acts or speaks before thinking, the greater the potential for negative and long-lasting fallout.
  • Shrinks one's sense of proportion; when we only see our side of a situation, we're not really viewing life as it really is. Whenever there are two people, there are two sides to every story, always.
  • Robs one's ability to grow by enduring difficulties; when we respond self-protectively or solely with self-interest, we are the ones who are short-changed most.


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