Every minute of every day we get to decide: do we choose fear or do we choose love?
When a horrific news story takes over our TV.
When an irritating email drops into our inbox.
When our spouse snaps something that presses our buttons.
The day is made up of many of these small decision points; many forks in the road. Every minute, every phone call, every word.
We can choose fear: we can let the mind run away on a crazy-familiar spiral of what if, what next, why did I do that?, if only, it's not fair, I'm worried...
Or we can take a breath and stop. Just for a second. And be still.
We can ask: will I let my mind blindly rush down one of its crazy labyrinths or will I just pause, take a breath and let the moment pass?
Now, that crazy labyrinth is a well-worn trail. We've been treading it since we were three. It's comforting and we know where it leads.
Choosing to pause feels like denying our rat-brains the sugary treat that's sure to be at the labyrinth's core.
That addictive pull is powerful.
But.. over time... it's the pause that makes us feel better.
Because we choose stillness over intensity.
We choose peace over anxiety.
We choose the wide path of love over the tight spiral of fear.