Pushing Pause

As a kid growing up in the eighties, I recall many joyous movie nights with my family, watching video tapes on the VCR. After popping some popcorn, we would gather in the family room to watch movies together. Every so often, though, someone would push pause to take a break to renew his or her focus before continuing onward in the plot.

What activities encourage you to “push pause” in your life journey? I discovered my recent need for this as I spent one afternoon with my husband in a local park. We were lying on a blanket beneath the shade of a tree with glimmers of the sun shining in between the leaves. Surrounding ourselves with this natural environment, it gave us a place where we could rest and reflect upon our lives. After a few hours, I felt so rejuvenated and restored in order to continue forward in my plot—personally and professionally. Hence, it is in these moments in which I spend time with those whom I love that I can rekindle my love of serving others, especially in my ministry as a chaplain.

So, when was the last time you “pushed pause?” Whether it be a specific activity or not, it is in these moments of pausing that you can continue playing through the script of your life. May you be able to take some time this week where you can push the pause button to your own journey—not only to restore you physically but also emotionally, socially, mentally and spiritually as you interact with and serve those around you.

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