More often than not, we find ourselves at a certain melting point of life, that melting point is best described as the waiting room phase!
i define the waiting room phase of life as that phase when you have against all will-power been forced to make the choice of waiting, and it is usually a period in which you do not actually have a choice in the real examination of it.
It is very hard to wait, without really understanding why and that is why the waiting room is often skipped if it can be or thoroughly hated and mostly avoided especially in this generation of so many wait and get inventions, if only the foresight to see that this is a good wait exists most people would love this room.
However, it is often times mis-judged as a punishment period or an unfortunate moment, something gifted to the wrong person-you.
However, everyone must pass through the waiting room period of life, everyone would pass through it whether you want it or pray it away, accelerate factors that can postpone it…you ultimately will end up coming in contact with that room called the waiting room.
it is sometimes so grilling and grueling that very few people have the patience to take the process or even accept it as a necessary phase of life.
Arrgh! i have seen and experienced this process and there are times i still have to convince myself its normal and quite necessary.
i must re-emphasize that even though it’s a period that seemingly hassles your patience into silent anger or reduces it to tears I advocate that it is your pathway to greatness, there is no single individual on this earth who has attained success in the significant definition of it that has not come to recognize this period as the turning point.
The key facts I have discovered about this period is its responsibilities, it is not a room without significant assignments that one must carry out, however sometimes its “victim” is imposed with the obligations of finding it. And I believe that, this is where it becomes very tasking.
Other facts I also found out is that it also has the ability to throw up several characteristics to different people at the same time as if to suggest that it has the capacity to treat equals unequally.
However, this it is this great distinctiveness that separates the men from the boys as it tests one’s sense of consistency, diligence and perception even when the results are unsatisfactory and also unworthy of advertisement.
For me, I make it a point of duty as a guide, to reject tempting comparisons with other people.
I love reading biographies for the very reason of discovering the exact crucibles that created giant stories of men we celebrate today and I have found out that they all experienced this room at one stage or another, mostly at each stage of their next most important achievements.
First for Mandela, who I respect a lot, it was Robben’s Island, one doesn’t emerge from 27 years of imprisonment with a lot of forgiveness without a foundation grafted in the time tested principles of tolerance, faith in the human being as against the institution he represents.
For me at this stage of my life, its perhaps my first job, I resent the idea behind the salary, it hurts to have pay so many bills despite the extremely “large” figure i go home with every 30 days, but then I realize its more than a cross, or room. It’s my opportunity to realize dreams, yes dreams that I wouldn’t find in the rooms ahead.
Even with my standards when I am tempted to protest against this phase, I am consoled by the justification of accepting the strengths of what this room has to offer as against its weaknesses; its strength in terms of my goals, plans vis-à-vis its responsibilities and exposures as against my blind wants.
I rely for support on the biographies and mentors I have picked out who have faced some form of difficulty in order to succeed at this phase.
I am determined to succeed so I encourage myself to enjoy this phase no matter what, it’s the opportunity I’ve got to transform myself and to be better prepared for the next phase-the one God is taking me to.
In the final analysis of it all, the waiting room is always going to be there, demanding attention, causing its necessary pain and pose responsibilities that far outweighs our current skills and level of readiness.
But as for those who have dreams of becoming successful, there’s always a waiting room round the corner, walk up to it, where it’s slow in arriving, knock hard and if it doesn’t open up, force it open. It’s allowed. Its legal trespass!
I think some movies help amplify this process and I think the pursuit of happyness was one of the best I have seen in a while.
Laolu Adekanmbi
This article was originally published in the in June 2011


2 thoughts on “THE WAITING ROOM

  1. Lovely, the waiting room represents soo many things to us all, its not an easy phrase i must say, am still learning to enjoy every tiny bit of mine…Thanks for sharing

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