Ah, The Power of Pause
“The greatest remedy for anger is delay.” (Seneca)
We would all be in better shape if we could manage to remember the words of this wise philosopher. The next time you feel your blood beginning to boil, take a step away from the situation, breathe deeply, and wait just a minute before reacting. By simply creating the space between stimulus (when your kids push your buttons) and response (when you respond to them), you can find the creativity that lies within you. In this space, you can remember what it is that’s important to you. You can decide whether or not to take something personally. You can think of meaningful consequences and choices. You can respond through your principles and integrity rather than through your anger. So, do whatever it takes to stay calm in the heat of the moment and remember, the most important button on your emotional remote control is the one marked “pause”.