I am in one... big time. It's like when you are in an airplane and you have reached your destination, but then the pilot is told that he's not cleared to land for whatever reason, and so you end up just circling. Just waiting. Watching your destination come into view and then watching it fade from view again as the plane turns around and starts another circle.
It can be so frustrating!
But it can also be a time to sit back and enjoy the view.
I remember one time I was flying into SFO in San Francisco. We had to circle the runway for about 40 minutes, and all around me, people were getting upset and impatient. I was anxious to land too, but I was fascinated by the view. I am such a water person, and I was glued to my window as I saw the San Francisco Bay give way to the Pacific Ocean. I counted the boats and barges and tried to figure out which bridge was which. I looked down on Alcatraz and Oakland and the beautiful skyline of San Francisco. I was ready to land, of course, but since that wasn't happening, I made the most of my aerial view of my new home.
So here I sit in another kind of holding pattern. I see my destination. My seat belt is buckled. My luggage is stowed. My tray table and seat back are returned to their upright position. And I'm watching out the window as the airport gets smaller and smaller. I'm circling again. And I feel those natural human feelings of frustration and impatience trying to sneak up on me.
But I am choosing to sit back, enjoy the view, and wait.