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Do you believe that good things will come to those who wait?

Asked by Mimishu1995 (7254 points ) February 28th, 2014

Or is waiting just a waste of time?

Supposed you want something, you have done all necessary things and now your only option is to wait. Do you believe that if you’re patient one day your wish will come true? Or does wait only waste precious time?

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cheebdragon's avatar

Or you could be waiting so long that miss something else great. It’s all a big catch 22.

Adagio's avatar

Nah, I’m too cynical for that, and too much of a realist, in my own experience I find that often good things surprise me unexpectedly, coming out of nowhere, and that’s nice, but I’m not going to wait around for them or have any expectations.

kess's avatar

Better said this way, good things come to those who are not anxious.

gondwanalon's avatar

Yes good things come to those who wait as long as they are working their butts off while they are waiting!

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

If one waits around long enough, something good will probably happen for them. Better to go about life, because those good things are going to happen for people who keep busy too… they just have to happen real quick, because we have forty other things to do now too.

kritiper's avatar

No. Fate is fate and fate just plays the odds, like it or not.

Symbeline's avatar

Fuck no. You want shit, you gotta work for it. As far as I can see, no truth in life has ever been clearer to me. Waiting for something good to just drop by is a fool’s dream.

Quitting alcohol because you went to prison for two years or winning the lottery does not count, although many things can be interpreted in whichever ways one doth wisheth. But the truth is, nothing is going to come to you on a silver platter. The only exception to the rule is death.

Haleth's avatar

If you have done everything in your power, and haven’t gotten the desired result, then it’s out of your hands at this point. Maybe waiting will bring you the thing you want, and maybe it won’t. If you have truly done everything you can toward this goal, then it’s best not to waste any more mental energy on it. You could be working hard at something else that’s worthwhile. Patience makes waiting easier, but being passive won’t move you closer to any of your goals.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Well, the origin of this question:
I posted a request for something on a forum and now a long time ago all I have to do is waiting. But so far no one has replied to my request, and I’m getting impatient.

Symbeline's avatar

Well since that doesn’t seem to work, fuck waiting on those people, find another way to get what you want. And the hell with forums anyway, if it wasn’t answered in a week, you prolly won’t get an answer. Lest you bump it, and even then.
Don’t know what your request was, and I’m not asking to know, but I been on video game forums and asked shit that was never answered, even if I thought that for sure someone would just know. Had to do the shit on my own, in the end.

LornaLove's avatar

I think patience is what you are talking about? Years ago I hated that idea, I thought that I should actively go out and get what I want. I still believe that, however some processes take their own pace.

ucme's avatar

Maybe for those at the back of the queue at the sperm bank.
My goodness, but there are a lot of the’s in that sentence, #randomtrivia

downtide's avatar

Good things come to those who work for them. Waiting around doing nothing achieves nothing. But as I was once so wisely advised; yes you have to do it all yourself, but you don’t have to do it all today.

Cruiser's avatar

Good things come to those who are smart and patient enough to stick it out long enough for the reward to materialize. Like @kess and @gondwanalon said….I more than toughed it out and sacrificed and 14 years after I accepted a sales job I now own the company. I never in my wildest dreams expected that would happen but a time came where I was offered the choice to trade in every last dollar I owned and worked so hard for all those years to be able to then buy the company I worked for. A true all or nothing moment…..I went all in.

tups's avatar

I think good things come to those who are open. If you wait for a specific thing or if you fight for a specific thing, you might miss out on something else because your eyes are locked on one goal. Life is really unpredictable and you never know what’s going to happen.

GoldieAV16's avatar

If that “good thing” is a bus, the answer is yes. If it’s a personal dream, yes but only if action is taken (which is not just waiting), so no. If it’s something esoteric like love or fulfillment, the answer is yes and no.

Good and bad happen to all of us, saint and sinner, waiter and doer.

ibstubro's avatar

Nah. Good thing come to those that make good things happen. For themselves and others.

Proactive.

Make your own fun, and include others.

Pachy's avatar

“Waiting for Godot” is a play by Samuel Beckett in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. Godot’s absence, as well as numerous other aspects of the play, have led to many different interpretations. Here’s one that I think answers your question quite nicely:

“The individual must create value by affirming it and living it, not by simply talking about it or philosophizing it in the mind.”

Aster's avatar

Good things will come to those who either wait for them , have given up on them and bad things will come to both.

BeenThereSaidThat's avatar

Sometimes that actually does happen. I know in my life it did many times. I never sat around waiting though. I just went on with my life and certain things came my way as a bonus. I guess it would depend on what you are really wanting and if it is a reasonable want.

Coloma's avatar

Confucius say ” Man that stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.”

ragingloli's avatar

Confucius say: “He who laugh last, think slowest.”

ucme's avatar

Confucius say, “Fuck, I wish i’d placed a copyright on my quotes.”

Paradox25's avatar

I’m generally not a huge fan of taking the statements and phrases of even the most intelligent people so seriously that I worship them like a religion. People who make up all types of phrases, quotes, wise sayings, etc are fallible themselves.

Making the claim that good things come to those who wait is so vague, because people and life circumstances are so varied. This is a statement, when made without further reference to anything else, can be true or not depending upon the circumstances. Sometimes I’ve found that it’s not always best to follow this advice.

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