Waiting sucks. Or at least we think it to be a minor annoyance. While waiting can offer us the opportunity to savor, you task-minded folks may appreciate these tips for those places when hanging around feels more like a time drain than a dance!

Doctor’s office

Bring along thank-you and birthday cards. Write them while you are waiting.

DMV

Download a few job-related podcasts. Listen to them onto your iPod while you’re waiting in line. Take notes until your number is called.

Movie theater

Fandango.com allows you to purchase tickets for participating theaters in advance.

While you wait, bring along that magazine you never seem to find time to read. Flip through it before the lights go down. If you’re with children, play a word association game. Bring your own candy. It saves time and money!

Grocery store

Make a list. Even if you forget it, try to recreate it before entering the store. Be strategic. Most fattening foods are in the middle aisles so steer clear of them. Circle the store once, going down only those aisles that warehouse the goods you need.

Bank & post office

Practice deep breathing. As you wait in line, take in a long, five-count breath. Breathe out for six. Repeat several times.

Outlet stores

Go on an off-day (middle of the week is often good). Avoid long holiday weekend visits. Grab as much as you can without exceeding the allowed limit of items to make the dressing room wait worth it. Tag team with a girlfriend so she can bring you the appropriate garment size and color. Besides, what’s better than girl time at the mall?

Theme parks

Google it before you go. Make a list of the must-do rides and be flexible on all the rest. Bring a few snacks in your bag so you’re not spending half your day at the concession stand line. Be mindful of holidays and peak times. Avoid them if at all possible.

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Waiting for the Wise

September 7, 2009

Waiting is something I have blogged about in the past. My wise friend, Lissa Coffey, talks about the act of waiting in the most powerful way. In today’s Wisdom News newsletter she writes:

“There is a difference between the waiting of the prophet and the standing still of the fool.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

This is an issue we all struggle with at one time or another.  It can be difficult to wait, it can be difficult to be patient.  And yet, it is so often necessary!  Everything has its own time, its own season, and more often than not we are the ones who have to adjust to fit in with the grand plan.  But waiting doesn’t have to mean standing still, or wasting time.  We can use our time wisely, even when we are waiting.
 -Lissa Coffey

So many of us think the destination is the goal. In fact, the process is as much of the package as the goal itself. My sister once wisely told me to “trust the process.” It’s a huge lesson that, once learned, makes every day a day of surprise and discovery!

Soap Opera Slowness

February 19, 2009

I admit I used to watch Young and the Restless religiously. It was the only soap I followed and, with some irony, I was invited to an awards’ ceremony in Las Vegas last year. The host was Melody Thomas Scott, the actor who has played Nikki, one of my favorite characters on the show, for decades.

sturmAfter wondering for years what it is like on a soap opera set, I have been privvy to a behind-the-scenes look at one of Europe’s most popular soaps – Sturm der Liebe (Storm of Love). The funny part is they have asked me to come again to play a hotel guest. This would be the third time in as many weeks. It is not hard work, but it’s very tiring as we typically wait three to five hours between sets, which last about ten minutes of us walking back and forth through the ‘hotel lobby’. In reality I wonder why I continue to say ‘yes’. Perhaps it has to do with the memories of being home from school with a cold, sitting with a steaming bowl of Campbell’s soup balanced on my lap, as I watch Nikki trick Victor yet again.