#ThriveLife Day 29: Wait Well

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Lauryn

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

Thrivelife 46 1 | #Thrivelife Day 29: Wait Well

“Patience is a virtue.”

It’s a quote my 4th grade teacher always said, and a quote that had every 4th grader squirming in their seats.

I want it NOW is the battlecry of modern day society.

Hungry? Why wait? Order takeout.

No time to grocery shop on your own? Instacart delivers in an hour flat.

Looking for love? There’s an app for that.

Shirt not in stock? At the click of a button, it’s yours.

Need toilet paper, aluminum foil or shampoo? Amazon Prime it.

Entertainment itch? Download a movie or book within minutes.

Stuck in traffic? Your GPS will find a quicker route.

Patience and waiting is no longer something most of us know how to do.

…Until now.

Your #thrivelife project for Day 29 is to wait well—whatever that means for you today.

There ARE many things out of our control, and while we often fight the wait and patience…today your mission is to embrace the wait.

Be it:

  • Traffic.
  • Waiting to splurge.
  • Waiting on the “next big thing” (we always want what is “next” right?).
  • Waiting to get married.
  • Waiting for the perfect job (Job searching).
  • Waiting to be happier when XYZ happens…one day?
  • Waiting to make a decision (sleeping on it)
  • Waiting to think through things.
  • Waiting to send an e-mail.

Waiting.

More than likely, your wait wont feel natural (it goes against your DNA).

But, for today, focus on—instead of wishing the wait away—to look for the silver linings in your wait today, and even find joy in the moments of waiting (for instance: a long line at the grocery store? Strike up a convo with others in line. Waiting for that ring on your finger? Go ahead an buy the new set of adult dishes to replace your hodged podged plastic plates you’ve been settling with until you tie the knot. Waiting on job interviews? How can you use this extra time or freedom you have to do something meaningful or work on personal development?).

Wait well.

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