T.S. Eliot on Waiting

“I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

from T.S. Eliot’s East Coker, the second of his Four Quartets

I am always waiting for something. Waiting to get married. Waiting to leave my job. Waiting to have enough money. Waiting for my baby to be born. Waiting to move (again). I scheme and plan and strategize about how it will all work out. Frustrated that I am still waiting for this piece or that piece to fall into place. I wonder if I am even capable to “wait without thought” for my mind is always running off in different directions. But oh if I could find light in the darkness and dancing in the stillness. Perhaps the light and the dancing are the very things I am waiting for…

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