Take a moment

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Every day it seems that the pace gets a little more frantic, distractions are more frequent, and interruptions become routine. It’s tempting to believe that if we just find the magic formula, we’ll be able to wrangle all the cats into formation and they will march obediently forward, but that’s not going to happen.

You may not be able to get complete control of your world, but you can feel more in control by making decisions. They don’t have to be big decisions. Small decisions will do just fine.

So, instead of plotting how to change the whole world, make a small decision that will make a difference right now. Take a moment where you veer away from the turbulent currents of the day and do something different.

Take a moment for yourself.

Instead of doing the next thing you “have” to do, do something for yourself. Take a moment to stand up and stretch or to think about an upcoming event with someone that you care about.

Take a moment to count your blessings.

What things in your life are you grateful for? What’s happened today that surprised you in a good way?

Take a moment to say thank you.

We know that counting our blessings makes us feel better and sharing our gratitude with others is even more powerful. So, take a moment to say thank you to someone else for something they’ve done or something they always do.

Take a moment to calm yourself.

Decide that you don’t have to do anything right now. You’re in control. Pray or meditate or simply sit quietly.

Take a moment to reflect.

You don’t have to spring into action and start solving all manner of problems. Take a moment to reflect on what’s going on and what you should do next.

Boss’s Bottom Line

The world is crazy and there are a lot of things coming at you all at once. You’ll keep your balance better if you remember to take a moment.

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