In his book The In-Between author Jeff Goins regales us with stories from his life about waiting for things. Things like getting married, having his first child, going to Spain, traveling with a band around the world. Hidden in these stories are some jewels, that make you appreciate the book even more. It is not an extremely long book, coming in at 174 pages. It took me about 5 hours to read over several days. I chose to read it at a speed where I could get the most from it and not just burn through it to say I read it.
Since this book is not your typical reference book or the type you might want to mark up a lot. I did get quite a few highlights covering several sentences a piece.
I love the premise of what Jeff set out to do with this book. Which was to make us stop and appreciate the quiet moments, the slow times we tend to overlook in an effort to reach the next stop. One of my first highlights is “Perhaps, the abundant life we’ve been seeking has little to do with big events and comes in a subtler form: embracing the pauses in between major beats.”(loc. 157)
I often struggle to complete a whole book even when it is for class it is still hard. I was able to read this book in about a week or less. Jeff writes with a very conversational style, that draws you in. He has a way of writing that makes you want to listen.
Jeff makes a great point when he says, “Most growth happens this way: slowly, over time. You don’t see it happening—in fact, sometimes the circumstances feel more like inconveniences than opportunities—but then one day you wake up, amazed at how far you’ve come.” (loc.223) We never seem to notice how far we have come on our journey until we take the time to look back and see the way behind us.
Jeff’s book is chocked full of great insights, and I would love to share them all here, I won’t. What I will do is suggest you check this book out if you are trying to learn how to get more out of life. And find what you have been missing by skipping over the slower moments in life. “When it comes to waiting, we have a choice. We can try to bypass the delays to get immediate gratification. Or we can embrace the “long game” of life and invest those days, months, and years in the slow but intentional growth that leads to lasting change.”
What can you do to slow down and enjoy life’s moments? How can you accomplish this goal?