Pause, don’t stop

Let’s take a pause for a moment and try to observe few things and think if we really understand them as we rush through them in our busy schedule.

Workplace: In many organizations, workers are classified on the basis of working hours and type of work which they perform. Depending on the gravity of work, whether it demands continuous mental or physical activity, rest hours are given.This ensures that full attention is given on duty. For example, In Railways : a traffic controller/ phone operator should be given rest to ensure that he is ready for next shift. It ensures that both the employee and whole system work smoothly without being at the risk of collapsing due to over work. The organization which ensures that workers get proper rest in between their shifts work efficiently in terms of work productivity and there are lesser chances of human error.

Machines: The rest period is so crucial that even some machines have pause and rest features to ensure that no overheating takes place.This prolongs the operational life of machine. And for users? Think of a treadmill which does not have pause feature. How many of us would feel the need to have provision of pause or reset button. Pause ensures that in case we need time to think or act, we have that.

Communication: In literal meaning, pause is a temporary stop in speech and action. But those who know the power of pause, for example, a good orator, can use two different placement of pause which can change the whole meaning of the sentence.

One of the classic illustration is :

A woman, without her man, is nothing.

A woman: without her, man is nothing.

Society : From children to adults, everyone is so busy that it seems that the current fashion is to look busy and if some one is not, there might be some problem with that person. Yet very few understand it’s long term implication on health, relationship, productivity and lifestyle .

The need to create a balance between action and inaction is very crucial to create synergy. But the concept of action and inaction may be perceived by different people in different ways.

For  example, a painter might take time to create his imagination in mind. This whole process may look like a period of inaction from outside and only when the painter starts painting, it is seen as period of action. The whole point is to observe that more thoughtful the period of so-called inaction is , more the painting will perfectly portray what was intended.

A different perspective can be that pause in itself, is an opportunity to understand what you have done and what you want. In the moment of ego, it provides a space to come out of it and face the reality of what one has become and for what he started the whole journey. It is true that pause, if left to fill the space in time, will become darkness or procrastination without any fruitful result, but the very definition say it is temporary.

It is a common saying that before speaking, one should take a pause and think if it necessary to speak it, and if it is, then think whether words are in coherence with the intention. That’s why it is said that speech is silver but silence is golden. Similar is the case of action, where it is desired that one should not be impulsive, rather think of what course of action is suitable for larger good. Another example is that of cities, where daily life runs so fast that sometimes we forget to live. Once during sipping tea in a tea stall, the owner said to me with regret that had he not taken an impulsive decision to leave studies and had taken a pause to think over his aim in life, he could have had better prospects in life.

Day-to-day, life has become so busy that we are like ticking bomb which may explode anytime. It is better to pause and introspect, ‘are we moving in right direction?’

For those who want to live in present, what could be better than to move to happy hours of life, where pause can be felt in every cycle of breath, while inhaling and exhaling. To know that this is the whole root of life, a present and in that gap of breath cycle, we can look at things which are truly valuable. The pause, the gap allows us to feel the things that we do and enjoy them to the fullest.

Now, I will take a pause from writing to pursuade my wife to edit it.

2 thoughts on “Pause, don’t stop

  1. Well written Avinash. I hope I am able to follow it.
    A farmer leaves his land barren for a period before replanting crops.
    A concept we use in engineering is consolidation of soil, in which we allow soil to consolidate before we construct a building over it.
    Some people have mastered this art. Atal Bihari Vajpapee took a pause after every phrase he said. A smaller pause more often or a longer pause less often can be a subject of research.


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