The older I get （I’m 53） the more I realize that life often moves at a slower pace than I’d like. This runs contrary to the view today that life is moving faster than the speed of light， that we’re all running around so quickly that we don’t have the time to think. Yes， we have picked up the pace due to technology， but there still exists a time frame that sometimes runs as slowly as snails.
Furthermore， I have learned that rushing things can often be a form of suicide. If we try to speed up the natural pace of existence， it can be harmful.
Lately， I’ve noticed the importance of waiting patiently in three areas. Let’s look at them below.
Waiting out people to respond to you.
I learned the importance of this kind of waiting when I was dating my future husband. Stephen was a shy， cautious1 young man. I fell in love with him at first sight， and I really wanted to call him and move the relationship forward. Stephen wasn’t calling me， and I so wanted to communicate with him. But I knew if I was too pushy2， he might be turned off.
In a kind of “love promise，” I purchased a tea set for him， which included a tea cup， honey sticks and a box of peppermint3 tea. I loved tea， and I wanted to share this delicious drink with him. While I was ordering the set through the mail， I prayed a silent prayer， “Dear Lord， I am purchasing this tea set with the hopes that one day soon Stephen and I can sit down and share a wonderful cup of tea and get to know each other.”