Are You Stuck In The Waiting Place?

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The Job Window

In the classic must read for any age, Oh The Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss describes The Waiting Place as the most useless place of all.


The waiting place is that place you find yourself while you’re waiting for something else to happen. For the approval you’ve been waiting for on that report you sent in. On the funding you’re hoping to get for your new project. For the meeting you’re trying to arrange with the person you want to be your mentor. 


The waiting place

Here are a few examples of what people do in the waiting place:


Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come,

or a plane to go or the mail to come,

or the rain to go or the phone to ring,

or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No

or waiting for their hair to grow.

Everyone is just waiting.


Waiting for the fish to bite

or waiting for wind to fly a kite

or waiting around for Friday night

or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake

or a pot to boil, or a Better Break

or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants

or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.

Everyone is just waiting.


You built the walls of the place

When you’re stuck in the waiting place you feel like you can’t do anything else until something happens with this thing you’re waiting on. What you need to realize, is waiting is the absolute worst thing to do. You may not be able to move forward on that particular aspect of your life or project until whatever you’re waiting for happens, but the rest of your life doesn’t need to stay on hold.


Instead of sitting around in the waiting place where time moves at a quarter speed, do other things. Focus elsewhere, knock on other doors, talk to other people, map out other routes to your destination.


Doing something is always better than doing nothing. Notice when you’re stuck in the waiting place and remember the walls of the place are of your building. You don’t have to be stuck there. At any time you can get up and get out. Do whatever you can to get out!


As Dr. Seuss says:

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.