Author and teacher Eckhart Tolle has insightful advice about something all humans experience: waiting. In fact, people who drive regularly can spend about 5 hours of their life waiting at red lights. So it’s no wonder than the practice of waiting and anticipation can be difficult, and sometimes downright irritating. The trouble with these little irritations, Tolle explains, is that they gradually build up—and then you are not just prone to irritation, but to anger. If we can practice being present in those waiting situations, we can avoid the stress that comes when you merely aim to get to the next thing, the next place. Staying in the here and now can keep that rising impatience at bay.