Friday, September 08, 2006

The Sacrament of Waiting

I don't have nothing to blog about today. Except that for wo consecutive days, our Smart Wifi Connection is now doing okay. Thanks to Manong Ruel for fixing our canopy (sana po bigyan kayo ng bonus sa Smart). Kahit umuulan ok na ang internet namin kaya wala ng sakit ng ulo. At eto pa ... a Smart Broadband representative called us that our request for a rebate is approved. 500 plus rin ang nabawas so, 300 plus lang babayaran namin next month. What a relief :) buti naman no! And today, Jason will pick up our Unity Candle set from Ms. Gerri Diokno :) excited na ako makita. Post ko photo pag nakita ko na tomorrow.

I'll just share this with you guys. I got this thru mail from Discovery Weekend. You might want to read it lang.


THE SACRAMENT OF WAITING by James Donnelan, SJ

The English poet John Milton once wrote that those who serve only stand and wait. I think I would go further and say that those who wait render the highest form of service. Waiting requires more self-discipline, more self-control and emotional maturity, more unshakeable faith in our cause, more unwavering hope in the future, more sustaining love in our hearts that the great deeds of deering-do that go by the name of action.

Waiting is a mystery – a natural sacrament of life – there is a meaning hidden in all the times we have to wait. It must be an important mystery because there is so much waiting in our lives.

Every day is filled with those little moments of waiting – testing our patience and our nerves, schooling us in self-control – paciencia lang. We wait for meals to be served, for a letter to arrive, for a friend to call or show up for a date. We wait on line at cinemas and theaters, concert and circuses. Our airline terminals, railway stations and bus depots are great temples of waiting filled with men and women who wait in joy for the arrival of a loved one – or wait in sadness to say goodbye and give that last wave of the hand. We wait for birthdays and vacations – we wait for Christmas. We wait for spring to come – or autumn – for the rains to begin or to stop.

And we wait for ourselves to grow from childhood to maturity. We wait for those inner voices that tell us when we are ready for the next stop. We wait for graduation, for our first job, our first promotion. We wait for success and recognition. We wait to grow up – to reach the stage where we make our decisions.

We cannot remove this waiting from our lives. It is part of the tapestry of living – the fabric in which the threads are woven that tells the story of our lives.

Yet the current philosophies would have us forget the need to wait, "grab all the gusto you can get." So read one of America's great beer advertisement – Get it now. Instant pleasure – Instant Transcendence. Don't wait for anything. Life is short – Eat, drink and be merry because tomorrow you'll die. And so they rationalize us into accepting unlicensed and irresponsible freedom – premarital sex and commitment – against expecting anything of anybody, or allowing them to expect anything of us – against vows and promises – against duty and responsibility – against dropping any anchors in the currents of our life that will cause us to hold and wait.

This may be the correct prescriptions for pleasure – but even that is fleeting and doubtful – what was it Shakespeare said about the mad pursuit of pleasure – "Past reason hunted, and once had, past reason hated". No if we wish to be real human beings, spirit as well as flesh, soul as well as heart, we have to learn to wait. For if not we never learn to love someone other than ourselves.

For most of all, waiting means waiting for someone else. It is a mystery, brushing by our face everyday like a stray wind or a leaf falling from a tree. Anyone who has ever loved knows how much waiting goes into it – how much waiting is important for love to grow – to flourish through a lifetime.

Why is this? Why can't we have right now what we so desperately want and need? Why must we wait – 2 years, 3 years, 5 years and seemingly waste so much time? You might as well ask why a tree should take so long to bear fruit – the seed to flower – carbon to change into diamond.

There is no simple answer – no more that there is to life's other demands – having to say goodbye to someone you love because either you or they have already made other commitments; or because they have to grow and find the meaning of their own lives – having yourself to leave home and loved ones to find your own path – Goodbyes, like waiting, are also sacraments of our lives.

All we know is that growth – the budding, the flowering of love needs patient waiting. We have to give each other time to grow. There is no way we can make someone else truly love us or we them, except through time. So we give each other that mysterious gift of waiting – of being present without making demands or asking rewards. But there is life in the gift we give.

So lovers wait for each other – until they can see things the same way – or let each other freely see things in quite different ways.

There are times when lovers hurt each other and cannot regain the balance and intimacy of the way they were. They have to wait – in silence – but still present to each other – until the pain subsides to an ache and then only a memory and the threads of the tapestry can be woven together again in a single love story.

What do we lose when we refuse to wait? When we try to find short cuts through life – when we try to incubate love and rush blindly and foolishly into a commitment we are neither mature nor responsible enough to assume? We lose the hope of ever truly loving, of being loved. Think of all the great love stories of history and literature – Isn't it of their very essence that they are filled with this strange but common mystery – that waiting is part of the substance – the basic fabric – against which the story of that true love is written.

How can we ever either find life or true love if we are too impatient to wait for it?

9 comments:

QT September 08, 2006 5:40 PM  

hi ann! it's good to hear that you finally get to enjoy (well, at least for a couple of days na) your wireless connection. sana for life na yan (for life dinba ung rebate? hehe).

happy weekend. excited na ko sa wedding mo!

Ann September 09, 2006 3:10 AM  

hi cutie, I think lifetime din yung rebate :) hehehe! you've been one of my avid reader sa blog. Thanks for your wishes and I'm also looking forward sa wedding mo :) excited na din ako sobra :) bukas aayusin na namin ni Jason yung invites ready for distribution na :)

Austin Noypi September 10, 2006 4:55 PM  
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Austin Noypi September 10, 2006 4:58 PM  

i hate waiting... hi qt :D

Ann September 10, 2006 8:01 PM  

wahahaha ganun ba kya rommel? tsk!

gracita September 11, 2006 7:13 PM  

hi anne! kamusta na? haven't blog hopped in a while. dame mo ng updates! naku, i hate waiting for anything. very impatient ako, hehe! pero as the article said, life is all about waiting for something...kaya naman, very slowly, i'm trying to change. successful naman ata kahit konti :)

Ann September 12, 2006 1:03 AM  

hi Gracita, medyo ok sa alright pa naman ako ... madami ako gusto i-blog kaso busy pa konti hihihi. May updates pa ako soon hahaha! mwah!

ethyl September 18, 2006 10:18 PM  

ganda nito ann.. touched ako ako ha.. you know what, lagi nga ako nagwe-wait eh.. kadalasan ang lahat ng hinhintay ko napupunta sa iba (hay senti ako). pero sana ngayon ang paghihitay ko sa akin n mapunta.. patient ako kaya i'm really praying.. sabi nga sa akin ng honey ko "good things come to those who wait" kaya wait n lang ako syempre may kasamang prayers.. hehehe... hey ganda ng blog ha! for sure lagi kang makakatanggap k s aking ng message hehehe...

Ann September 19, 2006 2:00 AM  

Ei Ethyl hihihi, thanks for dropping by. Naku magugulat si Kuya Rommel pag nakita ang iyong comment dito. Patience is a virtue sis ...always!