Imminent- about to happen, close at hand, forthcoming, in the offing, on the horizon, expected, anticipated, looming…
It’s like waiting for the wedding to begin. Â Everyone is giddy with excitement and suspense. Â Or waiting for aÂ baby to be bornÂ where there’s a conglomerationÂ of anxiety, longing, and hopefulness.
We spend so much time in our lives waiting for something to happen. Â My friend, Tom, calls it “waiting energy”. Â We wait for the clothes to be dry, for the turkey to be done, for the pudding to set, for the tomato plant to produce for us a bumper crop of sweet fruit. Â We wait for someone to “pop the question”.
We wait for the mail toÂ come, for a phone call from a significant other, for the car to warm up, for our guests to arrive, for the guy from Home Depot to deliver the new refrigerator. We wait for the test results, for some good news, for a loved oneÂ toÂ pass away from their pain andÂ suffering into relief and peace.
And then we wait for our grieving to end.
I’ve been waiting all summer for my townhouse to be finished. Â But it’s really not about the townhouse.
It’s about me.
What is it about “waiting energy” that zaps our lives and renders us immobile, unproductive and frozen in time and space? Why can’t we stop waiting for something to happen and just start living our lives in whatever space we dwellÂ in.
Physical space. Â Psychological space. Spiritual space. Â Inner space. Â Outer space.
What have you put your life on hold for- and why?