My immediate response was to resist mindlessly implementing that suggestion and question it instead.
"Hold tight" onto what? To the expectation of a response? Why would I want to do that?
No, I'm sorry, but I'm not going to "hold tight" in expectation. I'd really much rather let go of holding onto anything tightly. All I really have to hold onto is myself, anyway, and I certainly don't want to be holding tightly onto myself--that takes too much energy, and it hurts! Besides, letting go makes it so much easier to breathe!
What if I were to "hold tight" onto patience? Well, maybe that wouldn't be such a bad idea; I certainly would like to be patient as I wait for a response. However, holding tightly onto anything will just increase my frustration if I still end up "losing it", so I'm not going to hold onto patience, either.
And what if a response to my inquiry never comes? Then what would be the point of spending my energy on "holding tight"? No, I won't "hold tight."
Instead, I choose to gently-loosely hold patience in my awareness, as I wait for a response that may or may not come.
- Next time you are waiting for any kind of a response (whether online or from a person you're speaking with, etc.) notice if you are "holding tight" as you wait for a response.
- Can you choose not to do that?
- Can you decide to let go of "holding tightly" onto yourself with tension, and gently-loosely hold patience in your awareness, instead?