When I Don’t Have to Wait

It’s a strange, hard world out there. It’s time we fight back with a little fun. I have lots of thoughts on the subject and will be writing about it for the rest of October.

Everywhere we turn these days there is something to wait for. I wait in traffic, at the grocery store, for commercials to quit, for the spooling to stop, for food to be cooked, for my hair to dry, for sleep to come, for the headache to go away. What surprises me though, is that I find myself waiting for things I don’t have to wait for – out of habit, I guess. It is a habit I am setting out to conquer.

On this beautiful evening, calm, warm enough to sit outside, I’m not waiting to light a fire in my Solo Stove. Making fire (small and controlled) and watching the flames has always been fun for me so I followed the fun and started my fire. I knew I would love this little fire pit, but I can see that if I waited for others to come enjoy it with me, I would not be getting much use out of it. I do like to invite others to sit around the fire, but that usually involves some planning ahead. When it’s only me, I could be doing it any night when the weather is nice, even without a plan. Why wait?

Waiting can be a good thing, right? Why? Because I have to let the people in line before me go first (unless I want to get thrown out of the store…). Because the food tastes better when it’s cooked long enough. Because things work out better when I match my desires with right timing, right circumstances, right preparedness. I learn that patience is a good thing and I learn patience by having to wait.

But what about not waiting? You see, I’m learning that I won’t have much fun if I wait for it to happen by itself. I’ve spent my share of time feeling sorry for myself, wising I was having fun, being pitiful. I can decide to have fun, sometimes with others, but even when I’m alone. Often that is my only choice. I have a ready list of those things I enjoy doing, because everything in life goes better with fun mixed into it. It’s medicine really.

And honestly, fun is a huge part of my faith life, my life with God. I’m not sure I’ve ever read the word “fun” in the Bible, but I have seen “pleasure” and “enjoy”which are probably about the same thing. I can’t imagine the abundant life that God says he wants me to have, without it also being fun. I feel it in my heart, God is in favor of fun.

All this to say that it’s a good night out here on the patio. There’s work to do inside the house, which I’m not doing. I’m alone with my writing pad and my cup of tea, watching a warm, glowing fire. No guilt, no regrets. I’m having fun and fun is good. (Wish you were here…)

4 thoughts on “When I Don’t Have to Wait

  1. This may appear to be a crazy comment but … I’ve seen those fire pits advertised and have thought about ordering one but can’t have a lot of smoke blowing around due to my husband’s health. He has lung disease. I miss bonfires. Is the solo really smokeless? Do they emit heat? How big are they? I know crazy … but I don’t know anyone who has one who could answer some questions I’ve had.
    By the way this was a lovely post and I got more out of it than focusing on your fire pit.
    Blessings!

    • Thank you! The solo stove is a definite improvement over regular fire pits. There is still some smoke at start but once it gets going it burns clean. Portable, safe, easy to clean, all true. Mine is the smaller model and it doesn’t throw a lot of heat sideways. My daughter has the large one with all the grill accessories and it’s warmer sitting around that one – but you wouldn’t be moving that one around easily. I really like mine.

  2. Thank you for this lovely reflective post. I really enjoyed it. I kind of wish were we neighbors so we could actually spend some time together. There is so much about you life and the way you think that matches my own experience. I have been absent from my own blog lately. Need to return – I am thinking.

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