If you’re like me, you might be finding it difficult to be patient in this season. Everyone’s waiting for something whether it’s term paper deadlines, seeing friends and family who’ve been at opposite ends of the country, or a break from the 9-5 grind.
Galway Kinnel‘s poem called “Wait” was in the Writer’s Almanac recently and the message it holds for me is that the process of waiting is just as important as getting what you want. Before the poem, here’s a little background about Kinnel because he had an interesting life.
He grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and spent his childhood reading Emily Dickinson and Egar Allan Poe. After attending Princeton and traveling around the world, he returned to the U.S. in the 60s when he got involved in the Civil Rights Movement and also published his first book of poetry. He said, “It’s the poet’s job to figure out what’s happening within oneself, to figure out the connection between the self and the world, and to get it down in words that have a certain shape, that have a chance of lasting.” Kinnell spent his final years living in Vermont until his death.
Wait, for now.