the truth about Pausing
Remember a time when you actually had to pick up the phone and dial someone’s number and ask for them on the other end of the line and wait patiently. Maybe you wanted to share a story with them, something you saw or heard on your drive home from work.
Our access to technology and social media has made everyone impatient, aggressive and an instant reporter.
You know this story ….
As soon as we see some tragic, sad event we feel the need to grab our phones (and I say grab with a slight eye roll because most people have them in their hand all the time anyway these days) to share this witnessed event with everyone.
Is it for recognition? (The alternative is much more heartbreaking.)
I’m not quite sure but as I’m riding home from work today I noticed a terrible accident in front of one our local delis. These two cars collided so hard that they both ended up in the front yard of the establishment.
Yep, then the horrendous traffic ensues. You know these events. There isn’t actually a car in the road disturbing the flow of traffic yet people begin slowing down in their cars and taking pictures …
of other people’s desperation.
And I just got to thinking …
Years ago we would’ve looked at that scene of an accident and been heartbroken for the tragedy. We may have even said a prayer or sent a blessing out that everyone was ok. We would have driven home, shaken and slowly processed what we witnessed …
My parents may have even used it as an opportunity to teach us kids how important it was to pay attention. Drive slowly. Let the other car go first. Smile and wave them into traffic.
We would have had a discussion about what those people must be going through … how sad it must be for them.
And with all this, we spent time processing, encouraging and self checking.
By the time we felt the need to talk someone about it (if ever), the heart mind had taken the place of the logical mind.
How have we lost our compassion?
I refuse to believe that we have turned into a world of one uppers, soap box preaching, nit-picking people. This is not who we are at our true essence and until we realize what may be the driving force behind such behavior, we can never correct it. The fact that someone references “Karen” in my daily Facebook feed just forces a shameful sigh and an avoidance of the platform altogether.
We don’t allow things to sit and settle within us before we exploit, share, degrade, or complain about the them.
I think the really big question is why do we feel the need to do this??
Maybe sometimes we need to find those “commercial breaks” again …
those pauses to step away and really process information.
They gave us time to decompress, think about things, and understand that our words have affects on others.
Choose wisely what you put out in the world.
A PSA from the empath author who soaks up all you are putting out there.
Micki Beach, owner and lead instructor at Tree of Life Yoga Studio in Oak Island, NC, is the author of 10 Little Rules for Finding Your Truth. Her book is available at www.10littlerules.com, on Amazon, and at select retail stores and in her studio.