“Patience is also a form of action.” ~Auguste Rodin
There is no getting around it…waiting is hard. Sometimes very hard. Like most aspiring writers, I am in the midst of the query process, seeking representation for my nonfiction project. I have sent queries, received favorable responses, and sent out proposals.
Now I wait. And wait.
It really hasn’t been a long time – a few weeks at most. But each quiet day that passes erodes a little peice of my confidence. I try to fill my time with actions that will move me in a positive direction – I write new stuff, and revise old stuff, I blog, I critique, I get my stuff critiqued… But I can’t get away from the nagging feeling of waiting…or the mind-games that comes with it as well.
Which brings me to my personal lesson in patience.
The dictionary defines patience as “the ability to be steadfast despite opposition, difficulty or adversity; to bear trials calmly without complaint.” Yep, this is definitely a lesson in patience for me.
I tend to take most aspects of my life and turn them into spiritual practices – something that helps me to become a better person. This lesson in waiting and patience – in fact, this entire writing journey – is a good practice for me, as I learn to live in the moment, with deliberate intention. And yes, sometimes is is unbelievably difficult.
I am using this as a chance to exercise the skill of letting go of the things out of my control – like when the agent(s) will respond, whether or not they will like my work, and whether or not my timing is “right”. Instead I focus on the things I can control, including the cultivation of my craft (writing, of course), revising, writing new things, reading good books, and helping others to create their own things. In this, I am learning the art of patience and living with deliberation.
Patience and waiting are hard things to master.
But in this field, as in life, I must take the time to learn this. Getting past this particular hurdle of waiting will invariably lead to more waiting games in the future – and more opportunities to practice a little patience.
What about you guys? Have you mastered the art of patience? Have any great tricks to share?