When our boys were younger, instead of yelling STOP! when they were doing something that could be dangerous, I yelled PAUSE!
I’m not really sure when it started but the word stop seemed to flow every-so-gently in one ear and out the other (anyone relate?!) 🙂 but the word pause actually caused them to cease their movement or action.
It forced them to take a moment, assess their surroundings (danger: a car is coming!), be present to what was really going on around them, and act accordingly.
“Practicing the pause” has so many implications when it comes to LIFE, particularly a life of good health and fitness.