Take a second. Take a breath. Take a knee.
For God’s sake, take a PAUSE.
Then choose how to respond to whatever conflict is in front of you. Pause for Choice. Pause to be smart. Pause to make a better world for our children. Maybe just pause because you are fed up with the same old reactions and outcomes.
Conflict is higher than ever on the world stage. Anger, violence, retribution, resentment and hatred all seem to be blasting the airwaves and internet connections with no sign of slowing. The resulting stress and frustration is bleeding over into so many lives. Reactions can be unnecessarily extreme. That all leads me to believe that the true level of conflict in our world is so much greater than ever.
But, check this out for a second: Please take just a second. Because that second you take is the very tool you and I need to resolve most conflicts quickly. Take a second. PAUSE.
Just a simple pause will change the world. We don’t have to react to everything so quickly. We don’t have to fight every moment. We don’t have to see everything as a battle or war or competition. We don’t have to make sure that we come out ahead of everyone else. We don’t have to be embarrassed, guilty, shameful or regretful because of our reactions.
Pause. It only takes a second. OK, maybe a few seconds. Big deal. If you aren’t being physically attacked, then you have the ability to pause. Try it. You will love how smart you are. You will realize how much wiser you can be. You already have so many ways to handle things better. And you can choose to learn more and be smarter. Because you are choosing based on that pause. You are choosing to make yourself better at resolving conflict.
Here are a few images to spread around. Copy them. Pin them. Post them. Tweet them. +1 them. Print them even. Here is your chance to be an example for your friends and coworkers. Give them the #pauseforchoice. Tell them to take a pause. You want to see the world change? Get others to pause with you.