Flash 15: The Waiting Place

“For people just waiting. 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.”

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Suess

I walked up the stairs in my house this morning, looking for the umpteenth time at the stain in the carpet. “Oh right, gotta call the carpet cleaning people,” I reminded myself. I’ve been reminding myself of this task for so much longer than I’d like to admit. And I’ve written it down, it’s been on my list before, and somehow slipped off the list and then made its way back on. The problem is, I feel like I do this with most things in my life. I am a procrastinator by nature. And, uh, that needs to change. After I looked at that stain on the stairs, I remembered this passage from Dr. Seuss, and then I asked myself, “what are you waiting on?” I’m talking about the carpet, but also, my life? Why do I always assume that there will be a “later” when I’ll get to the task? And “later” is always a moving target. And the next thing you know, a year has gone by and I’m looking at the same dirty stain in the carpet. Let’s take some action today, Whitney. Let’s take some action today, people. Now let me go find that number for Stanley Steamer…

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