I recently happened upon the Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go. I haven’t read it since I was a child, if even then. Parts seemed familiar but I felt like I was reading it for the first time. Maybe with my eyes wide open. There was a section that really struck me, it’s about waiting…

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

As I thought about these lines I realized I spend too much time waiting, too much waiting for the perfect time to do something, or take action.

I’m waiting until more I know
I’m waiting for a Yes or a No
I’m waiting for my strength to grow
I’m waiting for words to flow
I’m waiting until I make more dough
I’m waiting for my confidence to show
I am just waiting.

I’m waiting until I feel good
I’m waiting until should becomes could
I’m waiting for time
I’m waiting for a mountain to climb
I’m waiting for my other half
I’m waiting to cry and laugh
I am just waiting.

The waiting creates a lack of action, lack of action creates more waiting. Now, this isn’t me all the time but enough for Dr. Seuss’ words to get me thinking. Have I not accomplished all I can because I’m waiting? Have I not reached my full potential because I’m waiting? Have I created a less than the most fulfilling life because of fears, fears that induce ‘waiting’ and it’s companions ‘when’ and ‘what if’? Don’t they go hand in hand in hand. I’ll do X when Y. What if it doesn’t turn out how I planned? I’ll wait until it feels better.

I’ll wait until the timing is perfect.
I’ll wait until the opportunity is perfect.
I’ll wait until the person is perfect.
I am just waiting, for things that don’t exist.

I’m beginning to understand there is no such thing as perfect. Nothing and no one is perfect, however we can find perfection in things if we look for it and stop waiting for something that continually moves further from us. If we stop the what if’s and the waiting and instead embrace the imperfections and take action.

That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Courage.  Having the courage to take risks and action is the way past the waiting and the what if’s. Because you’ll never really know if you just wait. Try things before you’re ready, teach while still learning, start without all the answers.

I will accept the fail
I will seek a new trail
I will attempt things that scare me
I will move toward who I must be
I will take my blinders and filters off
I will not worry about those whom scoff
I will wait no more.

I will embrace fear and spark fires
I will do what my heart desires
I will write for me
I will seek to be free
Of the waiting habit that holds me back
The waiting and what if’s that create lack
I will wait no more…