Several weeks ago I woke up after a night of torrential rains, to the unmistakable sound of ‘drip, drip, drip’ outside my bedroom door.
I got out of bed and walked into the hallway to discover a pool of water forming on the landing of the stairwell. Above me on the ceiling was small hole with a crack extending several feet in both directions.
I felt my heart start to pound, my chest tighten, and my mind fog over with anxiety – and recognized that my old friend Fear was coming for a visit.
I sat down, took a deep breath, and paused. In a moment my heart slowed down, my chest softened, and my mind started to clear. I realized that I was absolutely fine, and would take whatever action needed to remedy this predicament. So I lay on my back, looked up at the ceiling, and with curiosity, watched little bubbles forming along the edges of the crack.
Shifting my gaze to my paintings hanging on the walls and the brilliant sunlight flowing in through the window, I let myself fill with gratitude. I got up and walked from room to room, gazing in astonishment at all I’ve assembled to create a home: Shelves of well-read books, photographs of loved ones, comfy furniture, my computer and office paraphernalia, an amaryllis exploding into bloom, statues and other artifacts from my travels, and my cat basking (curled up on a cushion) in the sunlight.
The joy I experienced made it easy for me to go out on my roof and survey the damage.
Life constantly changes, and sometimes that can throw us off balance. Though I am able to stay calm and present with my clients, and most of the surprises life brings, occasionally something arises that makes me feel powerless and out of control – leaking roofs being one of them. At these moments it is essential that I remember to pause… and shift into Gratitude.
How to Use The Power of Pause, Starting Today:
Next time you stop at a traffic light, look up and appreciate the color of the sky.
Play with your spouse, child or pet – and let them show you how.
Before you fall asleep, recall one thing you did in the day that you feel good about.
Linda is a great life and business coach, and her book “The Power of pause” is wonderful. You can check Linda out on her lovely site LindaLandon.com