Written in response to the Daily word-prompt ‘Pause’
I read somewhere that pausing and taking a moment before we speak gives us time to choose the right way to respond. I think I need to remember that.
My late husband once remarked that I needed a pause button, I’d like to think he was joking, but that’s probably wishful thinking. He went on to ask “Do you actually know what you’ve just said?” Unfortunately, although I remember the moment well, right now I can’t remember what it was I apparently said, after all, I tend to say rather a lot, but whatever it was I’m sure it can’t have been that bad! However, in retrospect, perhaps he was correct.
I definitely need a pause button when I’m shopping online because occasionally I get carried away. The other day I noticed a useful little notebook App for my iPad. I clicked the App, clicked purchase and installed, but when I opened the App it began to look and feel familiar. A quick scroll through my iPad Apps followed and sure enough the very same App icon jumped out at me, and worse still I never liked it very much the first time around.
A pretty quick £15.99 refund from Apple followed, but the thing is, if I’d had a built-in pause button I would have had the chance to think about what I was about to do. So, the question is, would I have paused for long enough and would I have changed my mind? Who knows, I certainly don’t.
I live on just outside of a village in Yorkshire, approximately 3/4 of a mile from the edge of it and I’ve lived here for a very long time. Yesterday I nipped down to the bakery and while crossing through the pub car park, I took a moment to pause and look around. It wasn’t a sunny day, in fact it was quite grey and it’s not that it’s particularly beautiful, but not for the first time I gave a little smile of appreciation and on a whim I paused again, picked up my phone and took a couple of photographs.