In a hundred ways, we’re told to act now.

Just do it. Seize the day. Take a leap. Life is short. Don’t wait.

But I’m finding that waiting also has its beauty and benefits.

Waiting is not doing nothing. It can be just as active as ploughing ahead, but it tends to be quieter—observing, gathering information, listening and looking ahead.

When the most important moment to act arrives, waiting can mean that instead of being busy doing other things, you’re ready.