Switch off your phone. Rent a scooter and Vespa through VUCA like a tourist exploring the Mediterranean. All work and no play not only makes Jack a dull boy, it makes Jack an inefficient boy too. We know that taking a break is a good thing, that’s what December holidays are made for. But your mind and body need more breaks, more often. How about taking mini-holidays every day?
“The faster we go, the slower we need to be.” – Peter Senge PhD
What is the purpose of brakes in cars?
To enable cars to go faster. Without brakes, a car can never operate with the needed speed. We also need to find our ways to “stop”, it’s the only way to make sure this engine can perform in a sustainable way and even speed up when needed. And be happier (running smoothly) in the process.
Pushing the pause button, even if only for a few seconds, allows us the space to interrupt our reactive and habitual ways, to make new and more informed, more effective, and more conscious choices. Without the pause, there may or may not be awareness, but awareness and choice are not the same.
“Mindfulness is a pause, the space between stimulus and response. That is where choice lies.” – Tara Brach
Noticing our moments of not working, has wonderful benefits. It’s like hitting the restart button. It is a pause with a purpose, done purposefully. Here is a few possible Purposeful Pause moments and suggestions:
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