Maybe We Should Wait and See

I think that we should wait and see. Nothing terrible has gone wrong yet, and for all we know, nothing will go wrong. Everything could be fine.

For example, consider the cement truck barreling toward us with its horn blaring. It could suddenly swerve from its path or even run out of gas. Maybe it will pull up right next to us and take us to the new gelato place. Maybe the cement truck driver will pay.

Who’s to say? Only time will tell.

A few weeks ago, I found a dog trapped in a well. My friend wanted to rescue it by finding a rope and constructing an simple but ingenious pulley system. But I convinced him to wait and see. And now that dog has adorable puppies. The echoes of their happy barks sound from deep in the well.

Some people may say that we should take action, but doesn’t taking action sound exhausting, especially after all of this panicking? Not to mention that if we decided to take action, we’d then have to decide on what action to take. When you wait and see, you are practically already in the middle of doing it when you start.

Scholars bring up World War II and say, “What would have happened if we had just let the Nazis take over the world while we decided to wait and see?” But my point is, what if the Nazis had also decided to just wait and see if things went their way? There wouldn’t have been any war to begin with. Think on that. World peace.

Some people may scream, hey, watch out, the cement truck is getting closer and closer! But those people aren’t cement truck experts. They might scream about trucks all of the time due to a health condition. We’ve all made it this far without being killed by a cement truck­–every single one of us who is still alive. We should wait for a certified cement truck expert and then evaluate. Hopefully the cement truck expert is on his way and has not decided to wait and see.

Once there was an old beggar maid who didn’t have a crust of bread to eat or the smallest rag to warm her while she slept. But one day while wandering she stumbled upon three figures in the woods: a jester, a princess, and a knave. They each gave her a seed, and she planted the three seeds deep in the earth. She held vigil in her garden night and day. Do you know what grew? Me neither. But me and that weird beggar maid are going to wait and see.

Even if something bad does happen, it wouldn’t be too late. If instead of the more pleasant gelato scenario, the cement truck hits us, we can wait and see if an ambulance comes. And then we can wait and see if we pull through.

My grandfather was gravely injured in a farming accident when he was just a boy and doctors told him he would never walk again. But miraculously, after years of lying in bed, calmly waiting and seeing, the television was invented and he had much more to do.

It takes patience and resolve to wait and see: that is why it is so hard for so many. Waiting and seeing can sometimes seem uncomfortable, counter-intuitive, and even a little dangerous, but don’t let those roadblocks stop you from inaction. See? You can say to those who didn’t believe you possibly sit there for so long doing nothing. Waiting and seeing isn’t easy, but you can do it if you really believe it’s the answer.

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