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Anticipation Is Making Me Wait

There is a thin line between anticipation and waiting. Sometimes the two get rather muddied.

Anticipation suggests excitement and expectancy. Waiting seems to bog one down.

That is where I stand right now--somewhere between anticipation and waiting--after making needed phone calls to find out the status of a pending contract, and to talk with the program lead on a contract I have worked for nearly seven years.

Such is the life of contract workers. Nothing is set in stone until contracts are signed. Even then, things can change at a moment's notice.

Thankfully, it is something that we all understand, so last-minute decisions and changes are something with which we all must deal, and when the upper echelons appreciate and want you, they are much more forgiving.

There is a certain amount of risk involved in this type of work. It is not for the faint-of-heart, as the employee or the employer, in my world. That is what makes it exciting, and why we agree to the frustration of the waiting for the anticipation of what CAN be.

I suppose that Carly Simon said it best:

"We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway...anticipation is making me late, is keeping me waiting...and tomorrow we might not be together, I'm not prophet, I don't know nature's way, So I'll try to see into...right now and stay right here, 'cause these are the good old days."

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markgraham wrote on October 6, 2015, 1:25 PM

Isn't life more about this than we think. We all anticipate and wait at the same time.

Dawnwriter wrote on October 6, 2015, 1:38 PM

Deep thoughts CoralLevang . I hope all goes well with you and the anticipation is worth its wait and the waiting worth the anticipation emoticon :smile: Am I even making sense?

CoralLevang wrote on October 6, 2015, 1:40 PM

Very true, Mark.

CoralLevang wrote on October 6, 2015, 1:54 PM

You're speaking my language. emoticon :winking:

MegL wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:17 PM

Yes, especially when you don't know whether it's going to be good news or bad!

CoralLevang wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:31 PM

I am trying to keep a forward-thinking attitude, and not the dooms day negativity.

missfortune wrote on October 6, 2015, 4:49 PM

I hate waiting, especially if it is because someone is late and they don't have the courtesy to call or send a text.

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 6, 2015, 7:35 PM

I immediately recognized the song lyric so had to read what else was written. I am a huge Carly Simon fan. This song was really popular!

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 6, 2015, 9:34 PM

Your reference to Carly Simon made me think of Heinz Ketchup.