One of my friends once shared this on Facebook once: “Practice the pause. When in doubt pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”
I thought about this long and hard and you know something? How many arguments could have been prevented if we paused rather than acted, re-acted or overreacted? How many misunderstandings could have been avoided? Would our jails still be overcrowded? Would there be less buried? How many emails would you like to take back?
Boy, I look at myself and know that if I would pause more, I wouldn’t make such silly decisions! It’s become a work in progress. I’m emotional and sometimes too overly sensitive and impulsive. This means, I really have to be more conscientious to stop and take time to think before acting.
I also believe pushing the pause button is very imperative in business, taking my time and re-reading my emails, texts to ensure that I say the right thing with the right tone. It’s really important to do since I’m not in front of the person I’m emailing or texting to.
A good way to pause is to have a cup of coffee and maybe a slice of toast or some snack to calm down. Saying a short prayer is also great for getting your thoughts in check and ask The Lord how to react, what to say or if you should say anything at all. He wants us to seek Him for wisdom on everything we do.
God doesn’t want me to rush through my life and I believe it’s one of the reasons He gave me my hubby. He takes his time before making decisions. He really weighs the pros and cons and even does extensive research especially when he and I have to make a purchase for the business. We met and understand the consequences of bad choices, believe me!
Choices, good and bad, have long arms and they affect more than just ourselves. It’s not about you or me, it’s about our future, our relationships with others our spiritual lives… choice affects everything.
Next time, you feel your emotions rising up to get upset, angry or frustrated, push that pause button!