What is it that will cause you to stop and pause?
How do you fit pauses into your busy day? I know it is different every day. None of us quite know what each day will hold, either in terms of things to do or things that will come our way that will cause us to pause. Many times it is sickness or disease that finally makes us stop and realize that the list of things to do really wasn’t that important. Sometimes it can be financial hardships that cause us to pause and re-evaluate what is really a need and what were actually wants. But sometimes, it can be a sunrise, an easy button, or a piece of coconut cream pie. Allow me to explain.
Two mornings ago, as I was driving west to go to work, I looked in my rear view mirrow and saw a big and beautiful ball of vivid orange color. It was about the most beautiful glimpse of the sun I had ever seen. It got my attention. It caused me to pause. I looked and looked again. After turning to go south, I turned off on one of the side streets facing east, put my van in park and stared. It was just for a couple of minutes but it was enough to remind me of the beauty that is all around us and the awesomeness of my God. What a way to start the morning!
We have a couple of "Easy Buttons" (thanks to Staples) at work. The way I figure, life is difficult enough, so why not celebrate when something comes easily? Every so often something will happen and one of us will reach over, push the easy button, that simply proclaims, "That was easy." It is a pause in the fast and furious pace we keep at work to enjoy, even momentarily, was has just happened. It usually makes us laugh, or at least smile, as we continue on with our day.
My nephew and his wife were visiting from California. Over the weekend, we went to a small town about a half hour away. There is a great little deli there. Although I love it, I was a little concerned, since they are used to enjoying the international cuisine that is available all around them at home. As it worked out, they loved the sandwiches. Then came dessert. They ordered a piece of coconut cream pie to share… well, mostly for Karla. With each bite, Karla proclaimed her love for that pie with undying enthusiasm. As we left, she talked about how good that pie was. As we walked the three block downtown looking in various shops, she would pause every so often and exclaim, "That pie was SO GOOD!" Though I thought I was pretty good at savoring the moment, I was definitely taking notes from this sweet girl! What a joy it is to be around someone who so enthusiastically savors the moment!
We don’t have to wait for extraordinary circumstances or expensive material goods to savor a moment. For me it can be as simple as a beautiful sunrise, a $5.00 Easy Button or a piece of pie. This weekend, I wish for you some simple moments, some inspiring moments and some cause to pause. Enjoy!