The Waiting Place


If you don’t have a copy of Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” then you need to get one! It’s basically an abbreviated guide to life. (If you know anyone graduating soon, this is a perfect gift, whatever their age.)

In the middle of the book, he gives a cautionary tale. He warns about “The Waiting Place.”

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow

It goes on about waiting for Friday night, a Better Break, or Another Chance. “Everyone is just waiting.”

Turn the page, and it says:

That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

Boy, do I need to escape that waiting place! RIGHT NOW!

What I especially love about this book is the message of self-acceptance. Don’t all of his books carry that message? He reminds us that:

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.

For me, today, this is a re-commitment to stop waiting. There will never be better time to live today. In regards to alcoholism and addiction, if I wait until I ‘feel better’ or am ‘less stressed’ before I do the steps, it will never happen. For writing, if I wait until I ‘feel inspired’ it will never happen.

Speaking of waiting. There’s a few phone calls that I’ve been putting off. I think I’ll do that now.


One thought on “The Waiting Place

  1. Hey, Shawn, what are ya waiting for? You accomplished the 1st three steps when you surrendered to your higher power. The next nine are a daily part of your life forever. Nothing to start, nothing to finish. Just a continuum of sober living. I think you’re doing a fine job. Keep it up. Now, as for writing……I have sat for hours trying to get inspired and all I got was a blank page staring back at me. Then I realized that inspiration ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. “Today”, said I, “I will write about the price of beef anuses on the stock exchange.” Voila! a post. Might be as uninteresting as hell to me, but I wrote a page.

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