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Simple Act of Waiting

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by stevemccurry

Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.
-Khaled Hosseini,  A Thousand Splendid Suns 


Often the act of waiting is anything but simple.
Many people hate to wait because they are waiting to do something,
get something, or go somewhere.


Waiting doesn’t seem like an act, but the lack of action;  however,
the decision to be patient and willing to wait is an act of courage and perseverance.

Crowds at the Kumbh Mela await their turn to bathe in the Ganges.  Allahabad, India

A person who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
– George Savile

Waiting for medical care. Kabul, Afghanistan

A mother waits for news of her missing son.  Afghanistan

Refugees wait in line.  Thailand

Endurance is patience concentrated.
– Thomas Carlyle

Women queue in Yemen

 Patience is the companion of wisdom.
– St. Augustine

A ballerina waits backstage for her cue. Zagreb, Croatia

Shoppers wait for a bus. Dublin, Ireland

The faithful wait for healing. Lourdes, France 

Waiting in line for a church service. Los Angeles, USA 

Waiting for the train.  India

Waiting for a bus. Ahmedabad, India

Waiting for a look through the Berlin Wall.  Germany

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.
– Virgil

Waiting to perform. Hong Kong, China

People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.
– French Proverb

Waiting for customers at Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

Dog waits for door to open. Porbandar, India

The Patience of Ordinary Things
by Pat Schneider
… I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.


Coming of Age

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by stevemccurry

 All of living is a process of coming of age, of reconciling
the essence of the inner self with one’s outer being,with the world,
and with
changing expectations for that self in the world.
– Kay E. Vandergrift


Rome, Italy

The teen and young adult years, when young people are perched precariously on the brink between childhood and
adult responsibilities, are, of course, when the coming of age process is most obvious.

– K.E.V.


Kabul, Afghanistan




Los Angeles, USA

The imagination of a boy is healthy,
and the mature imagination of a man is healthy;
but there is a space of life between,
in which the soul is in a ferment,
the character undecided, the way of life uncertain,
the ambition thick-sighted.

 –  John Keats

Havana, Cuba

So much of adolescence is an ill-defined dying,
An intolerable waiting,
A longing for another place and time,
Another condition
– Theodore Roethke

Gubbio, Italy



You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
– Abraham Lincoln


Kabul, Afghanistan


Budapest, Hungary


The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect,
he becomes an adolescent;
the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult;
the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
– Alden Nolan


Kabul, Afghanistan

IRELAND-10006; Dublin; Ireland; 05/1991

Dublin, Ireland

We don’t stop playing because we grow old.
We grow old because we stop playing.
– George Bernard Shaw




Flechtingen, Germany


Zabid, Yemen




You grow up the day you have your first real laugh — at yourself.
– Ethel Barrymore


La Fortuna, Honduras





Zagreb, Croatia

Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives, through adolescence, and
while they are trying to work out who they are as people,  never mind as a dancer.
So train the whole person, not just the dancer.
– Deborah Bull




Young man,

Young woman,
Life turns for you.
This is a magic time,
a mythic passage,
In your becoming
We who welcome you,
None of us is too old
So as to have forgotten
–the mystery of not
–the delight of first
–the impatience to hurry
what will come next
–the terrible wonderfulness
of the changes…
-Edward Searl


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