The waiting

ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - February 25, 2021 - 12:00am

In certain cases, we are only waiting for something. A few friends are waiting for a planned meeting. We're waiting for family members to have their dinner. We're waiting for an answer to our query. And waiting for a response can take a short or long time.

And even more, if we include the meaning of it, the more we count a short minute, a short day or a short waiting time. A waiting hour, indeed, is like an ordeal forever, a sense that a waiting day has been multiplied or even tripled several times.

And waiting requires a lot of patience and sacrifice. Oh, and faith. This is because there is no way we can think about it if we stop believing in its realization.

And this very much true to what we feel now. As we are waiting for the coming of the COVID-19 vaccines, we are anxious as Covid cases are also rising in some parts of the country. The mounting pressures from tourism and business sectors and some local government units to loosen the requirements of quarantine protocols to allow the economy to recover.

And no less than a governor who no longer wants to return to tougher regulations. And who really wants to go back to a situation that limits movement, limits the freedom to be our loved ones and to find a source of life?

Although a large number of Filipinos are still not sold out for vaccination, the introduction of the vaccinations is the solution to this whole health mess for others. In the promise that we will hopefully return to our normal lives once vaccinated. But this is not as straightforward as that, as we have evidence that the virus has already been contracted by even those vaccinated. What is certain is that there will changes in the way we do things.

It is odd that our patience is taught by the years; that the shorter our time, the greater our waiting ability. I would always like to have an immediate response for those who are young, busy and always on the go. But there are already established ways to counter the agony of waiting for those who have outgrown and dedicated much of their time to waiting.

Though it's easily said than done, but with a patient attitude, a trusting attitude goes hand in hand. In our lives, it frees up joy as we let go and learn to trust God. And because we trust God, we're able to be more patient. It's not just about waiting for someone or something that is patient; it’s about how we wait and our attitude while waiting.

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