On Hold

Recently, due to my own forgetfulness, I was on hold waiting to pay a bill for an hour. You might say, why didn’t you just hang up and try again later? The problem was that it was the last day of the month, and if I didn’t get the payment posted, it was going to be even worse the next day. So, I put my cell phone on speaker and waited….and waited…and waited. Every so often a voice would interrupt the annoying music to tell me how much longer, but it kept changing in an inconsistent manner. One time it jumped from an hour and fifteen minutes to fifty minutes. The next time it went up ten minutes. There was no gauging how long the wait would actually be.

Life is often like that. We want something to happen, or we fear something will happen, but we have no idea when it will or will not happen. However, our whole lives don’t have to be on hold. There are things we can do in the interim. Worrying or pining for what we fear or crave will only make us miserable and waste time. We need to make the most of the time that we are given. For instance, while I was on the phone, I took care of paying some bills on line and went through some mail on the table. I checked the cats’ food and water and put a load of clothes on to wash. I tried not to waste the entire hour staring at the phone and willing someone to answer.

The same idea applies to the bigger things in life, but the truth is that life is about a conglomeration of small moments. Make the most of each moment. If one area has you on hold, then work on another area in the meantime. Don’t put your whole life on hold for one part, especially for something you are not sure will even happen, good or bad. Live in the moment and do the things you want instead of putting them off. We have to do the daily tasks, even the ones we don’t like, and work our jobs, but we also have the option to make the most of the time, letting go of things that aren’t necessary and making time for the important ones.

Today I am hoping the electrician comes, but if he doesn’t, I still got other things done. Do what you can do and leave the rest to God for He is the one in control. When He answers, it will be His will and His timing, and that is as it should be for He knows what we need and when we need it.

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