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The Joys of Waiting

I hate waiting. Most people I know hate waiting. Life is full of waiting: we wait for loved ones to come home, we wait for movies to start, we wait in lines at groceries, banks, or the DMV. We wait to hear the results of tests at school, and the results of tests about our health.  Right now my love is waiting to find out if a new job will come through, unable to make commitments until he a5bf950448372b7a778f89216c198160does. As writers, we wait for the muse to strike, we wait to hear back about a submission, we wait to see if anyone will discover our work, and we wait to learn if they love it as we do. All this waiting creates an often excruciating sense of anticipation, anxiety, or dread. It puts us in a state of suspended animation, of limbo: we understand, while in this limbo, why Dante used that term to describe the experience of being in neither Heaven nor Hell, of being profoundly uncertain of where one will wind up.

So, in an exercise of deep spiritual dedication, I thought I’d better come up with the top ten joys of waiting. You know, turn this thing on its head. Take a deep breath (well, maybe not if you’re waiting in line at the DMV) and find what we can love about limbo.

Top Ten Joys of Waiting

10. Any waiting room, anywhere, can serve as an object lesson in how NOT to decorate a room for the comfort and pleasure of its occupants.

9. The “take a number” machine reminds you of your first trip to Baskin-Robbins Thirty-One Flavors as a kid. (Oh, would there be any Bubble Gum or Peppermint Stick ice cream left by the time it was your turn?)

8. The conversation you eavesdrop on while in line provides excellent inspiration for dialogue between the two least-educated characters in your work-in-progress.

7. In an hour spent staring at your toes, you are taken on an emotional journey from rejection to acceptance, from “my toes are hideous!” to “I kind of like my left pinkie toe” to “my toes are beautiful, just the way they are.”

6. You finally have time to read your friends’ Facebook posts. (Although you regret, deeply and forever, looking up “twerk” on YouTube, as your friend recommended.)

5. You realize you have a great excuse to say “no” to invitations to upcoming events you were dreading anyway. “No, I’m sorry, I’m still waiting to hear about [fill in the blank], and I’d hate to take up someone else’s spot at your third cousin’s bat mitzvah, the one with the Klezmer Captain and Tennille cover band, only to have to cancel on you at the last minute.”

4. You realize you have a great excuse not to start cleaning the bathroom, because that phone call might come any minute, and you can’t answer the phone with your hands covered in Comet.

3. The anxiety from waiting gives you the energy to organize the hall closet. (Hey, your partner/roommate/kid can take that giant garbage bag of stuff to Goodwill. You’re done, you’ve earned a cold beer/dish of ice cream/nap.)

2. You make up six new verses to “American Pie.” In your waiting-induced mild psychosis, you think they’re better than the original.

1. Suddenly, a voice cuts through all the fear, anxiety, anticipation, or dread, and reminds you of everything you have to be grateful for, right in this moment: the ability to breathe, to worry, to create lists, to laugh, and to love.

two empty chairs lakeside at sunset

How is it to hallucinate?

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Have you ever wondered how it is to hallucinate? From very early on, I have been curious about “strange” experiences, so much that I could be disappointed when no “ghosts” appeared when some place was known for being extra “spooky”. I know it wouldn`t be nice to see snakes or other creatures crawling all around, but I am fascinated by the concept of the brain producing experiences that feel “otherworldly”. I would never try drugs, but I DO wonder how it is to see something no-one else sees? Not that I feel unlucky since I don`t, just a little baffled over the phenomena. For that reason, I was happy when I discovered a link that can “produce” a hallucination for you. By staring 30 seconds on a screen filled with moving objects, and then looking around, you actually feel that the world is moving in funny and slightly nauseous directions. So, if you want to try this, be prepared that it might be a bit strange and comfortable. But if you are like me: Open to new experiences, you might even find it entertaining!

Smile as the “outfit of the year”

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we are known for our empathy

we are known for our empathy

 Psychology is often connected to something serious, and often, it is. But for me (clinical psychologist working with adults) humor and positive psychology is as meaningful as everything I know about “abnormal psychology” if not more important. I love to see my clients smile, especially because they seldom got the chance, and humor also makes it easier to say and work with big problems. It creates a freeing distance to everything in front of you, without making it unclear. Its like being inside a house, with all its clutter, and then getting the chance to see it from above. Well, the clutter is still there, but you can see that this is just a house out of many, all with their own mess to clean up. Sometimes it feels better, when we look at things from a new perspective. If I can make you smile a bit today, my day (filled with meaningful conversations with some lovely people) will almost be perfect.

If you know someone who never takes out the garbage, I have the perfect solution for you!

If you know someone who never takes out the garbage, I have the perfect solution for you!

 

we are very interested in how children develop..

we are very interested in how children develop..

The art of problem-solving

The art of problem-solving

 
A problem lots of women have is dieting. Have you tried this method ?

A problem lots of women have is dieting. Have you tried this method ?