Pause Just a Moment

February 7, 2014

in the generous life

♥ ♥ ♥ 7 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

I have found that “pausing just a moment” can save me a truckload of trouble.

It’s so easy to grab and go, thinking I understand the situation, what’s been said, or what needs to be done. The reality is I’m not that good. It never hurts to wait just a moment, ask a question or two (or three), and then sound out what needs to be done before doing it.

This is true of just about every area of my marriage too. I really don’t know what my husband is thinking (I need to ask). I may not know all the factors involved in a situation (I can take the time to find out).

Pause, ask yourself if you have the information you need. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get a clearer picture. It will cut back on misunderstandings and you’ll have fewer do-overs. (It also tends to cut back on the harsh words and general sense of chaos. We could all use a little less of those.)

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. Francis Bacon

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Dr Richard Norris February 7, 2014 at 4:02 am

As I learned a few years ago, questions are the answer. As a man, I’m not the sharpest tool in th box when it comes to picking up subtleties in communication. I used to blunder through “discussions” with my wife. Now I lead with more listening and adroit questions.

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