“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” —Ecclesiastes 11:4
Have you ever waited for just the right conditions or opportunity and found they never arrived? Or have you ever waited for someone to stop by your house for something only to waste time watching for them at the window? I was reminded of Ecclesiastes 11:4 while waiting for someone to stop by my house one day to pick something up. He was known for being late, but I had no idea he would be over an hour late! Instead of constantly looking out the window (which I normally would have done because I don’t like to make people wait), I continued to get some work done. Had I not done so, I would have wasted precious time and accomplished nothing.
“A dog cannot watch two gates.” —English proverb
Have you ever posted something either on your blog or on a social media site like Facebook or Twitter and then watched to see if anyone would respond or ‘Like’ it? Have you ever repeatedly checked your blog stats or your email? Or have you neglected things like household chores, paying bills, or spending time with family because of time spent ‘watching’? [raises hand] The number of ‘Likes’ and comments our posts attract will be the same whether we sit here and wait for them or get something else done. Watching for them won’t make them come any faster or in greater numbers. I understand wanting to respond to comments in a timely manner, especially right after posting something, but we can take 5-15 minutes to do other things on or off the computer so as not to waste time or neglect relationships. Time seems to fly by when you’re on the computer, doesn’t it? So if I start to find myself getting into the habit of losing track of time, I’ll set a timer as a signal to get off the computer in order to get other things done.
“A watched pot never boils.” —American proverb attributed to Poor Richard aka Benjamin Franklin
Of course, we know whether or not we watch a pot, it will eventually boil, but the time it takes the water to boil seems to go by much more slowly when watched. A good cook knows a lot can be done while waiting for the water to boil. “If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean.” Chop some veggies, fry some bacon, wash some dishes, or do some squats. Seize the moment!