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Why do people rush to condemn, but pause rather than speak up?

Why do people run with gossip, but remain silent, when a compliment could be given?

Why do some people pause when they have a chance to help and defend?

A pause to judgment is fine if you use the break to reflect and consider all sides.  A pause in speaking that allows you to listen, and empathize with another, is a gift.  Pausing to satisfy your own needs, while sharing with someone else, feeds the body and soul of another.

I have consciously worked to pause my speaking, told myself to hold back, rather than to respond in anger in the moment.  Yet, that pause was perceived as validation to someone else’s lie.

How do we stay strong in a moment of quiet against a bully whose bluster seeks to blow us down?  How do we create a space to begin or maintain healing when we pause in fear and doubt?

A pause is an opportunity to reflect and reconsider.  But, how do we make it meaningful?

What can I accomplish as I pause in my day?  How can I improve myself when I remove the distractions and detractors?

There can be joy and gratitude in pausing to reflect and look around us.  We pause to remember.  But, how do I strengthen myself in my pauses to fill those empty spaces?

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These are some of the questions that give me pause…  how deeply I struggle for understanding and peace.



Thank you for stopping by.   How do you use your pauses to refresh?

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Every time you choose to stand up for yourself, you are enthusiastically living your life.  It is the absolute possession of your own mind to step forward, or hesitate, to improve how you feel and make the next best choice.  Each time you choose to show up, despite the pain, fear, and anxiety, you are enthusiastically encouraging yourself to keep going.

Enthusiasm doesn’t mean giggling at everything or punishing yourself if you don’t feel like smiling all the time.  Life has tumbles and struggles.  But, you can rise up because it is your choice and effort to do so.

Live your life to the best of your ability.  Show empathy and not cruelty.  Kindness and compassion increase the positive of life and make you feel better as you help others to do so.  Choosing to be enthusiastic in your life means that you are fully engaged in being sincere, honest, or vulnerable.

You are living enthusiastically each time you show yourself a good time or find the healing power of laughter.  Be proud of who you are and each step forward, even if you must step back a few times to get there.  Joy is your natural birthright and embrace it when you can.

Be enthusiastic in caring for yourself as much as you care for others.  Choose to make yourself a priority and, no matter what you face, remember how strong and brave you are no matter what you choose to take on.

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