From Robert Heinlein's Stranger In A Strange Land, the understanding that no amount of anxiety will hurry events over which you have no control. Waiting just is. It does no one any good to face waiting with any posture but calm preparedness.

A way of looking at existence. Worrying over a wait is foolish--every moment of your waiting, you are alive, vital, and existing. You are free to experience the world. There is no bad alive time--each of these moments, every second you feel go by is yours for that moment only. We tend to look at a long wait as wasted time, unused life.

Which is crazy. You don't cease to exist just because what you are currently doing and what you _want_ to do are separated by time. "Waiting is" is the same expression as carpe diem, only it suggests siezing every single solitary conscious moment of your life, and loving the simple fact that you exist.

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