Hi Ya’all who are sticking with me! I SEE you! Thank you. This daily writing exercise is interesting. It makes you think about things you normally might not ponder. Today’s topic is learning how to pause. I wish I’d learned it years ago. It is a bit of a challenge for me. I used to say what I was thinking before thinking. “And… how did that work out for you?” My older and wiser self asks the younger version of me.
All I know is that hitting that “PAUSE” button has changed me for the better. And I don’t even have to ask anyone. I feel better about me. I am not saying that I don’t feel one way or another about something, or that the same things don’t annoy me. I just have learned how to pause before I say what I might have when I was not paying attention to that pause button. And by not reacting, my attitude about those annoying things has done a 180! (Most of the time) I’m not saying other buttons are never triggered, but learning to carry around that imaginary pause button has really changed my life.
And you know what? It’s freeing and free. It’s just a switch in thinking. Kinda like metaphorically stopping to smell the flowers or dance in the rain. To appreciate the people you love in the second you are in, instead of being annoyed with them. I’ve lived long enough to realize that life flies by too fast and those people won’t always be here tomorrow.
I wished that I’d discovered this pausing thing decades ago. But it’s never too late to make your life better for you and the ones around you. Learn how to pause. I have yet to master it but I’m working on it. Believe me it takes practice but it’s worth it, every time you’ve paused and realize it works!