The Joy of Waiting

You know what I enjoy doing?  I enjoy waiting — for someone, for something — like waiting for the bus, airplane, train, or automobile.  I enjoy arriving early and waiting to meet someone.  I get to slow down and not be in such a hurry.

In the Western world, it appears that keeping people waiting is unacceptable. It’s not acceptable for someone to be late for a business appointment.

For pleasure appointments (for non-business), I enjoy doing nothing much and waiting. To keep someone waiting or to wait for 15 minutes is okay.  Thirty minutes is stretching it.  Anything over 30 minutes is awful.

I can wait up to 90 minutes.  Either I relax and think of barely anything, or I read a book–probably the two most enjoyable things I can think of doing.

I miss the days where we didn’t look at our smartphones all the time, stoking our already overstimulated and overactive minds.

Except for being behind the wheel, waiting is a joy!

Stop!: The Benefits of Slowing Down

Emy Louie is the author of “Fast Trains: America’s High Speed Future.” She has a degree in Architecture from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.  In 2007 and 2008, she hosted “The Emy Louie Show” interviewing the movers and shakers of Feng Shui, Sustainable Urban Design, and Green Building.


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