The Balinese are incredible teachers about patience.
The amount of time they occur to sit around and wait for a ceremony to begin is just mind boggling.
Adults would take a day off from work to prepare for a ceremony... and then wait for the pemangku (priest) to come.
Nobody knows when he will arrive, because the pemangku is a very busy man. He has to conduct ceremonies in many different places, and there are traffic jams and what-nots...
So the Balinese wait in patience, from morning, until whenever the pemangku shows up.
All other work is put aside. In the meantime, they beautify their temple, adorn the columns with colored fabric, make offerings with banana leaves, gather at the hall and chat with each other...
No one knows when the ceremony will start. If you ask them, the answer will always be, "Soon."
However I don't see them whining or frowning or being upset (from their facial expressions). Everyone is so calm. It seems that it's so normal for them.
This brings me to contemplate about our usual response when something we're really looking forward to is still not arriving yet.
Maybe it's a soulmate, a partner in a relationship.
Maybe it's that break in business.
Maybe it's that one opportunity that would make a difference to our career or bank account.