The waiting game

Each moment there is some or the other thought that keeps going on in each one of our minds. There are so many opinions and ideas that we have during an entire day. In this busy schedule of ours, we are always in a rush and we hardly have time to concentrate on one thought at that point in time. To think about it, our mind is the best example of being a multi tasker. Multi-tasking is an important skill and at the same time it gives an emotional high.

It has always left me intrigued what people think when they are waiting in a queue for a bank transaction or while stuck in a traffic jam. There could be different scenarios one can imagine if they are super creative. There could be a time when one actually feels how slow is the cashier doing her/his job, or for that matter, the traffic police is not giving a signal for the vehicles to pass. If one’s wondering why traffic signal, there are no traffic lights in Kathmandu.

In all of this, what we lack is to train our brain. Staying focused can be tough with a constant going on in our lives. Most people focus best in the morning or late at night, and studies show that 90 percent of people do their best thinking outside the workspace. We need to notice where and when can we focus best, then we can allocate our toughest tasks for those moments. The human attention span is approximately 8 seconds, and others state that healthy individuals are unable to sustain attention for more than 20 minutes at a time.

As it is said patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. Some get cranky while some go with the flow. Each moment of wait gets one closer to talking to the person behind or in front of them when they are in a line waiting. This is a similar condition while one is at the immigration at the airport.  We usually observe people around us, overhear the conversation even if we don’t want to, and smile thinking about funny positions around it. There are moments when we have all the time but we realize we have missed out on a certain information when we are closest to our finish line. What I am trying to say here is, our mind is never at rest. From the start of the day, till we close our eyes in the night, it is crowded. It is teeming with something which might be of our concern or which might not be.

When would be the time that one gets a crazy idea or all the thoughts are on the highest level? The answer might vary for each. Some might get while taking a shower or for some it might occur while they are waiting on their appointment at a dentist. When that happens we should not forget to put them on paper because these are the ones which are most practical ones. At a salon too, while waiting there are some amusing situations that one might come across and small talks that people do which entertains everyone.

Waiting is a part and parcel of our everyday routine, it’s the best on how we can use that time for something more constructive and positive.

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