They also serve who only stand and wait

they also serve who (only) stand and wait

It is sometimes as important, praiseworthy, or purposeful to be patient, idle, or inactive as to be at the forefront of some activity. I dedicate this song to anyone who has a family member or loved one serving in the military, for they also serve who only stand and wait. I know you may feel like you're unimportant when you're on the sidelines during the game, but we rely on you just as much as those who start on the field from the very first whistle. Remember that they also serve who only stand and wait.
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They also serve who only stand and wait.

Prov. Sometimes you must be patient and do nothing, even though you would like to be actively helping. (From John Milton's poem, "On His Blindness.") Jill: Can I help? Jane: No, we've got enough people helping. Jill: But I want to help. Jane: They also serve who only stand and wait.
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