Today was my last day to work for the whole summer. Pause. I need it.
My first thoughts as I looked at this word ~ pause ~ were these:
hold please. timeout. breathe ~ in & out. think. remember. reflect. reboot.
I need a pause in my life right now so that I can think for a whole day without interruption and noise. I believe the pause will help me to remember what I know to be true. Pause is a grounding time. A time to get centered after all of life has become unbalanced, topsy-turvy and just plain heavy.
As a part of my job, I answer the main phone line while doing several other customer service type tasks at a very fast pace. At times the voice on the other end of the phone line is angry, agitated, loud and barely taking a breath in between outbursts. Those are the times I hold the phone away from my ear just a bit and pause. I listen and I wait. Once the person gives me an opportunity to speak I will most often ask a very simple question, "May I place you on hold for just a moment?"
I am causing the person to pause. You might think the steam would just continue to build while the person waits on hold. That has happened, but rarely. Most often because I listened while the words spewed the few moments on pause allows the person to gain perspective, to breathe, and to realize someone is trying to help them solve their problem.
I recognize my need for a pause. I am grateful for this long pause. I hope my Father is patient with me if I spew words as I attempt to regain my footing in life. I know He is patient and He is kind, and I know He listens to my every word. Yet, I fully expect if it is best for me, He might ask, "Lisa, may I place you on hold for a moment?"
Today I am participating with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday community to ponder and write on this one-word ~ pause. This is a fun activity but also challenges my thoughts before God and people. You can join in the excitement as well. Just ponder the one word ~ sufficient ~ pray, look up scripture, use a dictionary, or just sit with the word for a while. When you're ready, set your timer for 5:00 and type. It's just that simple!