A bear walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “Give me a scotch and……..Coke.”
“Why the big pause?” asks the bartender.
“I don’t know,” says the bear. “I’ve always had them.”
OK, maybe not the funniest joke.
But if it helps us remember the importance of a pause, then it’s served its purpose.
When we’ve been practicing the Feel Better Project process – the aware, allow, align I talked about yesterday – for a while, we get better at pausing between trigger and action.
Once we’re used to noticing our thoughts and our feelings, we’re able to insert a gap between something and our response.
We’re no longer running on auto-pilot – we’re so much more conscious of what’s going on.
That pause can be used in so many ways…
… to ask: Is this true? Is what I think about this situation really what’s happening?
… to zoom out and get some perspective. Is this situation really that critical?
… to get into a space of inspiration and flow. What would be the response that serves me – and the world – best?
When we insert the pause, life becomes easier and less stressful because we’re not nervously reacting to life around us.
We feel calm and in control.
We’re able to float rather than struggle.
And that’s nice!