Life offers us scope to savour the moment. Pauses abound with potential and promise, breathing places where we can exhale the cares of the day.
There are those who deliberately seek sacred spaces and long for snatched time to enjoy them.
Though in a continually busy 24/7 society where instant gratification reigns, and express delivery is the order of the day, we find ourselves easily upset at any delays to our schedules.
Waiting for anything or anyone can feel like a monumental waste of time.
Our fingers tap impatiently when the PC/mobile/tablet etc fail to perform as they should.
Deep sighs accompany delays of every kind. We want to access this and we want it NOW.
Isn’t the latest technology meant to shorten the time we spend doing things? It only seems to further our impatience when it fails to work aright.
But what if we tried to view things differently? Could we find ways to enjoy and appreciate the stop-gaps in our lives?
I was inspired to write the poem below during a recent stint in a hospital waiting-room.
Rather than keep my eyes glued to a screen I prefer to ponder all I am seeing. It has the added benefit of reducing anxiety.
People-watching is a great interest of mine and I indulged discretely, not in a nosy sense but simply because people are fascinating.
We all share a common humanity and many common experiences, even if our reactions to them may differ greatly.
If we allow our souls to quieten we can see and hear far more than usual in the secular and sacred realms.
This is the result of a few minutes watching while I waited…
bold, with daunting efficiency
heels clip-clopping hard
down corridors long
hiding their frail humanity
beneath a veneer of
swift strong competency
hold ourselves submissive
Seek to hide
our strain and stress, pain,
weakness and duress behind
a meek subordination
to their authority
we quake and tremble
pretending to be
while in the thrall
of medical disinterest
or rapt attention
in whispering gloom
checking of watches
time slowed to a crawl
anxious for the call
in this waiting-room
I have written more about the challenge of seeking the sacred in the in-between seconds of life in ‘Minding the gap’ over at ‘Words of Joy’. It was inspired by reading Jeff Goins’ book, ‘The In-between:Embracing the Tension Between Now and The Next Big Thing’. I can highly recommend it as a great source of insightful thoughts on this topic.