The Power is in the Pause


“Practice the pause.

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.”

The power is in the pause.

Perhaps you and your husband have been getting on each other’s nerves lately being in close quarters for so long.

Maybe it has to do with the pandemic, maybe not.

It could be something small, or big. Either way, you have a choice about how you respond.

Which would be your go-to response in these common situations?

Did you call him out about the way he washed your favorite summer polka-dot tunic or did you thank him for stepping up with household chores, despite his inability to tell a dark from a light?

Did you berate him for leaving the coveted Clorox wipes open causing them to dry out, or did you simply reconstitute them with water and move on? Bigger fish to fry, and all.

Taking that pause, and thinking through to your desired end result can be the secret to avoiding regrettable reactions.

What is an example of some situation small or big, where you had an initial reaction…but then paused and thought or reflected and completely changed the way you responded?