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?
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?