Sustenance from the archives+: Pause

Sustenance from the archives+ (21)


A temporary stop in action or speech.
Of its many synonyms, these are the ones I find soothing:
Standstill, lull, respite, interlude, and breathing space.

Breathing space …
I think of the hectic nature of many of my days,
and I want, or rather, need to create breathing spaces in each day.

I recognize that they do not have to be long.
How long?
Just enough to exhale the breath I was unaware I was holding,
inhale deeply and exhale once more.
Just long enough to drop the shoulders that I did not know were tense.
Just long enough to notice beauty around me.
Just long enough to remember that my Father is the Giver of all good things.
Just long enough to whisper, “Thank You.”

Breathing spaces.
What would yours look like?

Today’s post is for Day 17 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. The prompt is, “Pause.” This post was originally published as “Five Minute Friday: Pause” on May 26, 2018. I read it and realized my practice of “creating breathing spaces in my day” needs attention. To read the post for Day 16 of the series, please click on the link below.

Day 16: Pray

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