Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.’ In fact, the very next step might be to await the outcome of the first. The ability to do so signifies a growing up as it requires discipline and maturity. Allowing the process to unfold invites greater self-confidence and clarity – making it altogether worth the wait. Each moment we allow ourselves to slow down – especially when we have to resist the urge to do otherwise – adds to our self-esteem and our quality of life. The rewards in terms of feeling in sync with the world, in accord with the rhythms of life are unequalled. When employed as a strategy, a regular and deliberate practice in our daily lives, waiting can provide relief from stress – allowing us to feel more refreshed and centered, ready to face whatever difficulties a day might bring.

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