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September 11, 2014

Stop

Image: Flickr/Matt Zhang

Image: Flickr/Matt Zhang

“In the name of God, stop a moment. Cease your work, look around.” (Leo Tolstoy)

We’re all busy. If it’s not the office calling, it’s the laundry buzzing, the microwave beeping, an aging parent, a needy friend, an empty refrigerator. There’s a check to be deposited or dry cleaning to be picked up. But here’s the truth: all of that will still be there if you don’t get to it immediately. None of that stuff is going anywhere right now. So, if you do nothing else on today of all days, do this.

Stop.

Stop all the activity — just for a moment — and be still. Listen to the hum of your house or the laughter of your kids. Breathe deeply the smell of the grass and watch the stars come out at dusk. Feel the warmth of your child’s back as you hug them goodnight. Kiss someone special. Hold hands. Look into someone’s eyes. And most of all, look around at the multitude of blessings that you have been granted. Just try it. Just once. See what happens.

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