Do you ever feel like your life has too much down time? It’s easy to remember the great, big moments like graduating high school, a road trip with your friends, or landing that first career job. But what’s the significance of the days when those big things didn’t happen?
I recently read a book by Jeff Goins called, “The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing.” It’s full of personal stories and observations about how growth happens not in big leaps, but in small, persistent steps. The seemingly insignificant periods when our lives seem to be on standby are the ones teaching us the most, Jeff would say.
This memoir is a straightforward look at simple but important truths we should all remember. Jeff’s talent shines through his storytelling, as he takes the reader through the times of his life where he’s experienced the most growth, though not in the way he anticipated. [Click here to read a sample or buy the book.]
How Waiting Makes You A Better Person – “The In-Between” by Jeff Goins
Here are ten of the best quotes from “The In-Between” on growing, becoming, and waiting.
- “All we have are these moments, and what we choose to do with them is what we choose to do with our lives.”
- “A life filled with movement, with constant motion and no rest stops, isn’t a life at all. It’s tourism.”
- “Maybe God is less concerned with exactly what I’m doing and more concerned with who I’m becoming.”
- “We travel to remember we are not done.”
- “The wait sometimes is essential to appreciate the gifts that follow, no matter how much we may resent the process.”
- “That’s what it means to find a calling. You don’t actually find it; you become it.”
- “And maybe that’s what we all need: not to accomplish an arbitrary list of goals or pursue a plan already laid out, but to find the one that’s waiting for us, that’s been there all along.”
- “Some things you only become when you must.”
- “Our lives are full of inconvenient setbacks, not due to some great cosmic mistake but because of some divine purpose we don’t comprehend. In the waiting, we become.”
- “Most people understand that in order to get from one place to the next, you must travel; you have to move. But few are willing to accept this is areas of personal growth. We can’t stand still; we will stagnate. The irony is that when we think we are standing still, we are actually growing the most. What gets us to our destinations are the pauses, the breaks, the in-between.”
During what dull seasons have your life have you actually grown the most?