I saw this slogan not long ago and immediately it hit me. It pays to pause whether or not you stop and sip tea, gulp cola, savor a cup of coffee or simply sit and ponder.
Pausing works and it may even save us from speaking before we think, handing out unwanted advice, or judging another person’s behavior.
Over the holidays I had many opportunities to ‘practice the pause’ and it made a big difference in my relationships with people I love and who love me.
I took a moment to listen, to look, to lighten up when something bothered me or I disagreed with an opinion, an action, a point of view. I reminded myself that I’m only responsible for myself, to be the person I hope people will want to hang out with and talk to and share life’s moments with.
And so for this new year I’m going to make it one where I pause, refresh, and carry on with love in my heart and in my eyes, enjoying people for who they are and hoping they will do the same for me.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”