• Janie Ament

    "We shall see but little way if we require to understand what we see. How few things can a man measure with the tape of his understanding! How many greater things might he be seeing in the meanwhile!"
    Henry David Thoreau

  • Anonymous

    Your post hits home with me. Job hunting has been so hard. This makes me feel not so alone while I keep trying.

    • It’s bee a while since that day. I am so happy I am able to do that for you. 🙂

  • Jacqueline Gum

    Ah..a whole new take and a positive one. Living in the moment sounds good, but it’s difficult in so many ways…but then I’ve always been a planner. But it takes wisdom to understand the things that are completely out of your control and make peace with that…and that’s what your story meant to me. Sometimes you just have to your best and then muster the patience to wait. But when I was a kid and badgering my dad for something, he’d say “We shall see”. In that context, I think he was hoping I’d forget:)

    • Hi Jacquie, Aw, working on living in the moment is truly is a lifelong endeavor. It’s something I certainly struggle with. From the perspective of a kid, I can see this… LOL. 🙂

  • This phrase for me, has usually allowed me to let go of whatever angst was in the situation it came from. More than having patience, it’s meant – letting go and letting God, most times. That’s likely because in growing up, either of my parents might have added to the phrase, “It’s in God’s hands.”

    Thanks Susan.

    • It really is in God’s hands, isn’t it Patricia? I agree, when I can see that phrase in that context, it helps me in just the same way. 🙂

  • Susan – as Yogi Berra famously said, “When you see a fork in the road take it.” It gets laughs but what it means is that sometimes you have to go where life takes you. We set deadlines for ourselves as if we had total control of the outcomes. Of course, we have to try, and try again, but sometimes we just have to go with the flow and take the stress off ourselves. Regarding, “We shall see,” my mother often said “We’ll see,” when we asked for something that cost money. She didn’t want to crush our hopes by saying “No,” so it was a way of deferring a difficult decision.

    • Hi Jeannette. Going with the flow isn’t easy, but when we can allow that to happen it really is pretty refreshing and a whole lot better stress wise. Yep, I’ve certainly used the phrase to do the very same thing… LOL. 🙂

  • We shall see always has the connotation of it wont happen to me. Not sure why. But better to be hopeful for the future either way, even though living in the moment is really the best you can do.

    • Achieving living in the moment really can be helpful A.K. It takes the pressure off of pushing for a future result. 🙂

  • Yeah those words “we shall see” are words I have said many times, and many times thing don’t turn out as I would have liked but have in fact turned out better

    • I agree with you Jo-Anne. If we can not tie ourselves to a certain outcome, we then open up the opportunity for a much better one in the end.

  • Pat Ruppel

    I’ve used this phrase so many times I can’t remember, Susan. You’re right, it usually comes when we’re being pressured (like with grandkids) or when something is truly out of our control.

    I guess it all boils down to what you said, “…we could avoid a lot of wasted energies if we just enjoyed the journey of life and let go of things we can’t control.” I like that. Thanks for sharing Susan. 🙂

    • Hi Pat, internal or external pressures can put us in a state when we let it. Family, friends and acquaintances do that at time not meaning to. If we can take a step back, breath a little, it helps bring it into focus and we can then find our way. 🙂

      • Pat Ruppel

        So true, Susan. It’s important to remember to step back and breathe. Certainly helps to put things more in focus rather than just instantly reacting.

        • Yep, it’s not easy, but worth the effort for sure. 🙂

          • Pat Ruppel

            You bet, Susan, so worth it. 🙂

  • Life certainly is a journey that comes with twists and turns. Having the right mindset during trials, I find, opens up more opportunities to learn and grow. I like your affirmation – ‘I will continue to look forward to what this day and the many days ahead will bring enjoying the ride along the way.’

    • That is so very true Heather. We really do know what to do, we just need a bit of reminding from time to time. Aw, I am so glad you liked my affirmation 🙂

  • I really enjoyed this story Sue. I always say this without much thought to it, as if to just say something and end of the conversation as you said. Sometimes yes I really have to wait to see. What can we do, sometimes we just have to wait and see.

    • We human do find it difficult to wait ans see on just about everything…. we want it now and we want a quick answer. Some times by letting go, the answer comes to us in a much quicker and better fashion then we had envisioned. 🙂

  • This story with a friend is very nice. Many times we use this phrase ” We shall see” without actually thinking what we mean. At times when nothing is in our hands like you said we have to sit back wait and see. Our wait can be fruitful sometimes and sometimes can give us a new thought and a different way. As in your case.

    For me it signifies a hope for a better result in future . I love, ”
    human beings, oftentimes feel unworthy of an easy road or good fortune
    unless we put ourselves through a kind of hell with a price to be paid.”

    • I love your thoughts on this phrase. Being ever hopeful for a better future or outcome is a worthy of our time for sure. It so please me that you to like my affirmation Andleeb.

  • Tim

    To me the phrase We Shall See is akin to throwing your arms in the air with a gesture of I Can Do No More. It’s a way of releasing the pressure and letting it be. “Whatever”, “Oh Well”, “That’s Life”; these are all in the same family where control is not an option 🙂

    • I can just see you doing that Tim… LOL. It is super way of releasing the pressure. I’ll need to do that more often when it get the “We Shall See” feeling. 🙂

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Susan – You have already passed the ‘We shall see’ and you have arrived. You may not realize it just yet, but you have. Think about it… only you can take a simple phrase like that and create a meaningful story for others to enjoy and gain meaning from.

    • Aw Cheryl, my dear friend. Thank you for your kind words. They have warmed my heart. I am still ever hopeful for a kinder better world. If my simple message is able to move just one person then I have done my part in the best way I know how. 🙂

  • I know when I say it to my kids, it’s a way of getting out of answering the question at the moment, and then hoping they’ll forget the question by the time it comes up again! I think they’re on to me though… 🙂

  • Eve Koivula

    I like “we shall see”. When I was younger I used to envy my class mates and friends who had it all figured out: their lives with a job, an Audi, a golden retriever and 2 kids. I wanted that, but I had we shall see. It’s been so great that I could have never planned any of it. There’s nowhere I’d rather be right now so I’m just really glad I didn’t even try.

    • I know what you mean Eve. Sometimes by just giving it a little time things turn our way better then what we planned or desired. I love that about life sometimes. 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    This makes me think of my kids. Sometimes they push for something in the future and our response is, “let’s see how your behavior goes before then.”

    • LOL, I can just hear you saying that to your kids as I did with mine Jon. 🙂

      • I grew up hearing the phrase, “We shall see” in a similar context; if I was fussing for a toy at the store, ‘We shall see’ was my way of knowing that’s Mommys polite way of saying nope 😉

        • I think we all did and each of us interpreted it in a different way Mary. I was ever hopeful… LOL. 😀