Posted in Having a Voice, Personal Conviction

How Long Have You Been In the Waiting Room?

When you’re diagnosed with a life-altering health challenge the first things they should warn you about is not the treatment and side effects, but the amount of time you’ll be sitting in waiting rooms.  Hopefully your medical provider has streamlined their operation so that things become fairly systematic.

However, there is more than one waiting room.  There’s the physical waiting room in the doctor’s office or hospital and then there’s the emotional and spiritual waiting room that keeps us boxed in.  This waiting room is filled with anticipation and anxiety because it’s filled with the unknown.  It’s a place where time drags on and the longer that happens the more out of control we often feel.

What will it take for you as a pilgrim to escape the waiting room?  How will you level of confidence in your decision making process need to rise before you get out of the waiting room.  How much will you need to turn up the volume on your voice so that you’re best interest is served before you get to leave the waiting room.

 The waiting room breeds indecision and uncertainty.  If you’re on a pilgrimage toward health then you can’t just be sitting in the car, you have to be driving the car.  Leaving the waiting room is about eliminating hesitance and setting good boundaries.  It’s about personal responsibility both in belief and actions for how you will partner with your providers on this journey.

Remember there are only a few magazines to distract you in the waiting room so think about writing your own reading material and put it into action!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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