Alexandre Dumas

Today’s Word of the Day, inspired by Alexandre Dumas, is: Wait. For each of the past three days, I have had a word of the day. They were: Listen. Patience. Warmth. On each day I would try to keep that word in mind to be a better listener, be more patient, and be a warmer person.

Today I am going to wait.

Wait before I speak.

Wait before I interrupt.

Wait before I send that email or text.

Wait before I rush in to solve whatever problem I deem to need fixing in that moment, with my family, my wife or whomever.

When I say “wait,” I do not mean procrastinate. What I am getting at has to do more to do with not rushing, not pushing, not automatically injecting myself into situations or conversations where I do not necessarily need to be. If I wait, the answer may appear without my intervention.

Today’s word was inspired by The Count of Monte Cristo, which I just finished reading. This great 19th century adventure story concludes with advice by Edmond Dantés, who is the count of Monte Cristo, to a young couple in love. Alexandre Dumas writes,

“Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget that, until the day God deigns to reveal the future to man, the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and hope.”

Perhaps a future Word of the Day will be: Hope.