Waiting for most of us, is not a well-developed strength. We have fast food, drive-up banking, same day service for dry cleaning, , and out-patient surgery. We can know the sex of unborn children before the day of their birth. We have fast speed internet and, for some, Amazon’s proposed drone delivery. Our texting, instagrams, tweets, and Facebook seem to give us a faster sense of connection.
But then there is December. The experience of waiting for Christmas and for some, waiting for snow to accompany it, reminds us that some things still cannot be hurried. Really, most important things cannot be hurried. Relationships, wound healing, good wine, growing out bangs, flowers blooming, learning most things. Some say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to really master a skill.
One of the hardest things to wait on is improvement in depression, In December, this is often an unwelcome visitor as memories of either wonderful or painful holidays trigger feelings of sadness. The days become shorter and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may play a part in decreased energy and malaise. Even antidepressants take their time in rebalancing neurotransmitters to improve mood, and may take from a month to 6 weeks for noticeable relief. Talk therapy can help to move the process forward.
Learning to wait is an important skill for living. When we are forced to wait, we can consider ourselves doing “homework” in the course of wisdom.