During the most recent Olympic hockey game, the Canadian women’s hockey team was playing Switzerland and a commentator complimented the Swiss goalie for ‘out-waiting’ a lone Canadian shooter to prevent a goal in a game where the Swiss were already down 3 goals to 1. What a great concept! Out-waiting.
Out-waiting: engaging in the essential pause. A skill to practice. A practice to repeat.
Can you choose to out-wait this moment’s distraction? The fear? The rage? The attachment? The dullness? The resentment? The desire? The complaint-on-the-tip-of-your-tongue?
Is there a lone attacker gliding toward you ready to take a shot? What will you do?
Take a deep breath and engage the mighty “out-wait”.