Lately I have been pondering the pause. I found this quote by Lori Deschene and it started me thinking….almost anything can start me thinking.
“Practice the pause. Pause before judging. Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.” Lori Deschene
This is not something we are known for here at Wiard’s Orchards during the fall…the pause…we tend to move very quickly around here in September and October; after all there are apples to pick, pies to bake, u pick bags to count, customers to care for, pumpkin carts to gather and cider slushies to make. The season is intense and so short that we find ourselves in something that resembles perpetual motion. Thus, practice the pause really caught my attention.
To pause before judging…that could be as simple as remembering that the people we meet are fighting battles that we know nothing about and sometimes those battles push us and them into behaviors that we don’t understand. To pause for a moment before making that judgement and actually see the person involved could be very beneficial.
To pause before assuming…wow, that sounds much easier than it is. To pause before assuming…that’s a mental shift that I personally need to make. That pause could make those around me less defensive or better yet what if I assumed the best case scenario…every. single. time. That would certainly make a difference in people’s lives.
To pause before accusing…just for a brief few seconds…just long enough to not assume, not pass judgement and not accuse others. A pause…just a pause…could make this world a better place. Think about it and then practice the pause.