Sunday, January 3, 2021

Word of the Year (Blog 3)

Since the very first day of the year, my social media feeds have been sprinkled with people’s “Word of the Year” declarations. Truthfully, I not-so-quietly scoffed—there is no way I could be focused and governed by just one word for an entire year. 

It sounds like a prison. 

Anyway, as usual, I’ve changed my mind and decided to pick a word!

My word is: Pause. 

I picked Pause because I really often need to take an adult time-out (and time-out is two words and I am already threatening the grammar police, so I don’t need to also threaten the word-of-the-year police.). In December, on the afternoon of my son’s socially-distanced, masked, outdoor birthday celebration, I was running around getting things ready, but not really accomplishing much. I pulled out the box of decorations I had collected over the month for his party and had a total mental break and began to act, like Gayle:


( I think I inspired this video)

My husband walked by and said, “ You cannot start freaking out.”

My children looked at the ground, but were clearly secretly agreeing and stealing themselves for the Gail-like freak-out that was coming.

Because, really what I needed to do was Pause. 

I had spent a month planning and prepping. I had spreadsheets and schedules (I love, love, love a well-executed theme party!). I knew what I need to accomplish—but I could not accomplish all at once, freaking out and screaming and sweating. I needed to take a Pause. 

(Note: I took a little Pause. Then lashed out at the catering manager at Chick-Fil-A. Then returned home and the party was amazing! Santa came! And I emailed an apology to the Chick-Fil-A manager.) 

Anyway, this year, I’d like to give myself permission to Pause (Maybe permission is a better word. . ;but I already said Pause and I am not editing things, so I guess I’ll stick with it). I need to remind myself to Pause when my head is spinning, to pause in the midst of a deadline, to pause before reacting, to Pause even if it makes me late to a meeting, to Pause even when it is inconvenient and to Pause as often as possible. I need to press that pause button and grab a quick snack or hit the potty or put on comfy socks before I hit play on the movie. 

After all, great things can happen in pauses and even better things when you’ve started back up again. 

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