What Are Five Wisdom Keys You Can Learn Through Waiting?


“All delay is irksome, but it teaches us wisdom.” Publilius Syrus

Keep this in mind whenever you are wondering what is the importance of waiting.

When it comes to pursuing your goals and dreams, I am sure you do not like having to wait when you feel the time is right for you to move forward. In those moments, you may hear and see the wisdom that is telling you why you should wait, but that burning desire inside of you do not want to wait when you see a good opportunity. What do you do when you are being forced to wait?

Today’s inspiration is all about understanding importance of waiting. We will take a look at the following:

  • What does it mean to wait?
  • What would cause you to wait?
  • What are five wisdom keys you can learn through waiting?

Now that we have the questions, let’s find the answers!

What does it mean to wait?

When it comes to you having to wait, Merriam-Webster defines wait for you…

  • To stay in a place until an expected event happens, until someone arrives, until it is your turn to do something, etc.

  • To not do something until something else happens.

  • To remain in a state in which you expect or hope that something will happen soon.

When you have to wait, you become an observer and spectator to what is going on in front and around you.


What would cause you to wait?

When you are ready to go forth and do something in your life, you hate to find out that you are having to wait for some strange reason. Here are a five things that would cause you to wait.

  1. People
    • When people cause you to wait, it can cause you to be irritable towards them.
    • People can make you wait for a variety of reasons.
      • They may be fearful for your safety and future.
      • They may see something that you do not see and want to give you some knowledge.
      • They may not be ready for or understand what you are doing.
  2. Time
    • When the timing is not right, you may become impatient with waiting.
    • Because of bad timing, you may either be waiting or having to miss out on your opportunity.
  3. Finances
    • Without the necessary financial resources, you may find yourself waiting until you have the necessary funds.
    • Without the money, you may not be able to purchase what you want and fund your future ventures.
  4. Transportation
    • If your vehicle is broken, or if you are looking for a ride to get where you are going, you are going to have to wait, which can be tiresome.
    • Without proper transportation, you are not going anywhere fast anytime soon.
  5. Weather
    • Weather can cause you to wait when it is too hot, too cold, raining, or snowing.
    • When the weather prevents you from doing what you want to do, it can lead to you feeling depressed and angry because of the elements.

No matter what makes you wait, you must understand that in life, you are going to run into someone or something that will cause you to wait.


What are five wisdom keys you can learn through waiting?

Although you may not be a fan of waiting, you can gain wisdom from having to wait. Here are a five things you can learn through waiting:

  1. There is nothing wrong with waiting.
    • If you are choosing to wait, there is nothing wrong with it because you are able to step back and assess the situation.
  2. You do not have to jump at the first opportunity that comes your way.
    • As promising as the first opportunity may be, if you are not careful through doing your research, it could wind up hurting you in the long run.
  3. The right person or thing in your life will present itself at the right time.
    • In waiting, you find that every person and thing that comes in your life will come at its originally scheduled time, so there is no need for you to force anything.
  4. If it is not right, either fix it or do not do it.
    • Waiting can show you what is wrong with someone or something to where you have the chance to fix it or change it.
  5. You can learn lessons through watching other people who are in a hurry.
    • Watching people who impatient, do things based on impulse, and experience failure can teach you many lessons on how to be patient and have a plan for success.

If you are willing to let the moments where you have to wait teach you, you will come away with wisdom and knowledge that will become valuable as you continue to live your life.


I encourage you to take the time and reflect on the moments where you had no choice but to wait. You may not have like the moment where you waited, but those moments were necessary because they carried wisdom needed for you to get through the moments and enjoy your life. Let’s remember that you may not like having to wait because it is an inconvenience, but when you realize that your waiting has prevented you from making a mistake that could set you back, that wait becomes a convenience.


I have six questions that I would love for you to give some thought. Feel free to answer and comment below:

  • Can you recall a tine where you had to wait?
  • What was the reason behind you waiting?
  • How did you feel about having to wait?
  • What lesson(s) did you learn as a result of having to wait?
  • How did the lessons during the moment of waiting change your life?
  • What would you recommend to someone who is having to learn through waiting?

Your comments and answers can help yourself or someone else understand this important question…

  • What wisdom can you learn through waiting?


I am a husband, father, life coach, motivator, and sailor wrapped into one guy with one mission in mind: To bring you the motivation and inspiration one post at a time!

9 thoughts on “What Are Five Wisdom Keys You Can Learn Through Waiting?

    • Thank you for your comment and insight Kristenekiss! I agree with you that waiting is not necessarily bad because of the refinement that goes on in the waiting period. During that time, things change and take shape to where the picture becomes clearer for us to take advantage of our opportunities.


  1. I’ve been trying to learn that waiting is a good thing but it is quite difficult some times. Great article and thank you for the reminder.

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    • Thank you for your comment and insight Dapsile! Sometimes, it can be difficult waiting simply because you may want something to occur sooner than later, but we need it at times so that good thing can develop in our lives.

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