in crowds

@savypat (20246)
United States
February 26, 2009 4:10pm CST
When you are in crowds and are waiting your turn do you talk to people? Do you listen to people? Or are you upset because you have to wait?
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• United States
28 Feb 09
I've learned to be patient. Life is full of waiting. If you're going to get upset as a rule at having to wait than it getting upset as a rare and justified exception to the rule than you're going to have a pretty miserable life. In the military we had a saying that was quite literal for us. "Hurry up and wait." It's better to hurry up and be ready and waiting for whatever comes next, chow, a regular work day, deployment whatever it be, then to be late and lacking which could even get you killed. Maybe that's where I learned my patience. As for what I do when I'm waiting, that depends on the circumstances. If I know I'm going to be waiting, I'll often bring a book or a magazine. If I don't have something to read then I people watch - which includes listening. People are interesting even if they're people I don't want to know! I do talk to them if they talk to me, but I only initiate a conversation if I feel I really have something to say. I'm just as comfortable with silence.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I pretty much to the same thing, but I do one more I pray, no matter where i am I will pray of the people around me. I never ask for anything, I just pray that they had strength to handle what ever is going on in their lives. And since most of the lines I wait in have to do with health I figure a little extra positive energy can only help. Thanks
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• United States
28 Feb 09
That's really sweet of you
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Most of the time I'm ok with waiting and yes I do listen to other people. I like to people watch anyway and that's a great chance to do it. Some people are mad and cranky while others are ok with waiting. I do often talk to prople around me if I get the feeling they are open to conversation.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I'd like standing next to you. Thanks
@ronharold (555)
• Philippines
27 Feb 09
I don't really talk that much. When waiting, I do other things like reading or sleeping. I always found myself busy when I go outside. I'm not upset waiting when I turn the time to be productive for me.
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
27 Feb 09
hello savypat i guess that i do both, talk to people and also listen to what that is going on around me as well. but i cannot stand to get upset about anything especially being out in public somewhere and having to get angry or mad about something. i most of the time will not start a conversation with somebody, i will occasionally, but not often, but if somebody that i might be standing around somewhere, wants to carry on a conversation with me i will talk back with them and i try to be as friendly as i can with somebody as well. but i guess that i do not go out of my way to talk to somebody thou, not saying that i am trying to be rude or anything like that either. take care and have a beautiful evening.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Hey pat! When I'm waiting in a line or something like that I tend to talk to the people around me! I like to be friendly! As long as I have to be there waiting why not get into a friendly conversation! I find that people usually just start talking to me anyway and I don't mind at all! I am pretty easy to talk to! It's fun and makes the time pass more quickly!
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
26 Feb 09
Hi savypat, I will usually talk to others in line and since I'm usually not in a hurry, it doesn't bother me that I have to wait. I try to avoid the long waiting lines just before Christmas because I get tired of standing. Blessings.
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I listen to people but I do tend to get a little frustrated when someone is talking on and on and I really want to say something.
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@beachstarz (1092)
• United States
26 Feb 09
Hi savypat, getting upset don't make the line go any faster. I'd rather talk to people in line. It takes your mind off of it , and helps the time seem to go faster. Plus ya might find a new friend , ya never know Waiting in line is no problem for me. I live in Mexico where waiting in lines is pretty much expected.
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