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Tired of Waiting

Tired of Waiting

We don't have to accept unnecessary waiting.


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November 4, 2006

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Visitor Comments: 13

(13) Dvirah, January 23, 2007 3:12 PM

Something to think about

The question in any such situation is whether the waiting is unnecessary or not. I think we should not judge hastily. Consider the example of the doctor's office: surely eveyone wants to doctor to give him/her full attention and not hurry him/her out of the office; not to mention the possibility of a mistake being made because the doctor was too hurried to properly research his/her diagnosis or proposed treatment!
I do agree that when one waits because of insufficient personel to carry the load, it is very fustrating. But perhaps instead of getting angry, turn the tables by making this a precious gift of time for yourself. Our lives today are often so busy that we have little time for spiritual uplift. Use the waiting time to "go within" one's spirituality: by meditation, prayer, reading, etc. Only - don't get so involved that you miss your turn at the counter/in the doctor's office/etc. or forget to pick up your suitcase when it does come!

(12) Anonymous, November 11, 2006 9:59 PM


agree with issues about waiting. As a physician, sometimes it is impossible to allow for emergency situations and there will be delays. However, I feel strongly that my paitents time is important to them and I get very frustrated when patients have to wait. I try to be respectful of their time.

(11) moshe, November 8, 2006 11:13 PM

I'm tired of waiting for messiah

I am shocked that you say that the only waiting your willing to do is wait for messiah. I think we should take a stand and make a big issue of that and let G-d know that we dont want to wait anymore. Maybe then we wont have to wait any more. (also i'm not sure if u can call 'making someone wait' stealing, when u make the appt at the dr or book ur flight, u know ur gonna have to wait. So basically you're agreeing to the wait time right then in the beginning. If u didnt agree then u would find another dr or fly ur own plane.)
Otherwise i agree with what your saying 100% and i too hate waiting and wish we would get the service we deserve/pay for.

(10) Unimpressed, November 8, 2006 10:13 AM

You unfortunately made a wrong conclusion. What you basicly said is, that to wait for Messiah, i.e. to have it pushed off to later, that you can handle. But to have your Dr. appintment pushed off is unacceptable.

Messiah we should anticipate to come right away. "Achakeh loh bechol yom sheyovo" our sages taught us.

So I would rethink that ending comment "the only thing I am ready to wait for is Messiah" that is contrary to our basic belief.

(9) Joey, November 8, 2006 9:51 AM

True, but...

I agree that it is wrong to make people wait when it's unnecessary, as in some of the examples Rabbi Salomon said; however, we must keep in mind that some waiting is a part of life. It is best to try to use this time constructively---for example, bring some work with you, or a book, etc. Since that's some of the only free time I get in a day, I sometimes try to use time like that to say prayers (though granted, it can be hard to concentrate in a crowded building). Also, it's sometimes a good idea to be very liberal when making a schedule---if you plan to be waiting at the doctor's for, say, three years, and it only takes two, then you have free time! :-)

God bless.

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