The one question that we haven’t asked directly yet this week is the one that we probably ask ourselves the most frequently: what are you waiting for?
There are a few ways to think about this question.
- What is holding us back from acting in the here-and-now?
- What is worth waiting for?
- What are the “down time” waiting moments of our days where we could pause meaningfully, instead of getting impatient?
- What is it that we value so much that we will wait it out with patience and persistence?
I found some inspiration about this through the eyes, words, and images of teenagers from New York City. In this public art installation through the Whitney Museum of American Art, youth from around the city were asked to respond to the question, “What are you waiting for?” Their responses, formed into a street mural, are truly works of art and inspiration:
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? (detail), 2013. Photographs by Sarah Anne Ward
(visit the website at: http://whitney.org/Education/Teens/WhatAreYouWaitingFor for further details)
Today, as you find moments where you are waiting, jot yourself a note. What are you waiting for? Where is the waiting in your life leading?
Where, on this Lenten journey into sacred space, are you waiting to unfold…
Love the art work. It works so well to enhance your blog post. I have a lot to think about today.
Credit to the young artists of New York for that!