Do you hate waiting in line? When confronted with a long line, do you look for a quicker route? If that is not possible, do you start to think of how the process could be more efficient to make the line move faster? Does your blood pressure start to rise?
And as you get agitated, does the line move any faster?
We live in a world that offers us scant opportunity to pause. We are encouraged to fit in as much as we can into every waking moment. And as we run from appointment to appointment, activity to activity, we rarely give ourselves the time and space to notice the beauty and abundance in the world around us.
So, next time you are stuck in a long line, take a deep breath. Remind yourself that today’s long line is a minor inconvenience soon to be forgotten. Open your eyes and look for the small miracles that surround us all. Notice the beauty of a sunny day or a stormy afternoon. Observe the young child amusing herself. Cultivate a sense of compassion for the harried service worker before your eyes.
And be thankful for the opportunity to pause.