Writing Prompt: “Good things come to those who wait.” Do you agree? How long is it reasonable to wait for something you really want?
How wonderful it might be to know the future, depending on what that future looks like. The universe houses millions, maybe billions of possibilities as to what was, is and could be. We are forced to wait for clarity that may or may not come. We hope that at the end of it all, we will emerge the victors in our lives. But the truth is we won’t know until we reach the other side of our living, examining it from whatever point we feel is the right point—maybe 40 years old, maybe 60. Maybe we won’t feel examination is warranted until we make it to 80 years old, if we make it.
We all want to look back at or lives and see that the many good things we waited for, we’ve gotten. After all, good things come to those who wait, right? Maybe. Maybe not. In this matter, there is neither agreement nor disagreement. It is all unpredictable to a great degree. In some cases, one may predict what will become of some people who follow certain paths. But then we must contend with what one thinks is good versus what another thinks is good. One may look at my life and see, based on their notion of good, that good things came to me. For me, however, the goodness I was waiting for has not yet arrived, and what they perceive as good for me, is in fact my nightmare. It’s such a relative statement that cannot be relegated to a discussion of agree vs. disagree. It is beyond our views and lives in a space that cares very little about what we think.
How does one truly assess this? Wouldn’t it take the end of a full life and the ability to look back on that life to give the true answer? Most people will never know the day of their death and therefore never have the opportunity to do an end of life assessment. If examined from a microcosmic viewpoint, the notion of good things coming to those who wait produces mixed results, even for a single person. In my life, there have been good things that have eventually come, but at other times, good things I’ve waited for that never came—at least not to date.
We all want good things to come after our earnest waiting. Some days good things will come. Other days, we’ll find ourselves still waiting and endlessly wondering when or if the good thing we seek will arrive. There is no right or wrong answer, only the unfolding of life that produces a micro response in the moment. As for the macro of it all, we may never know.