You don’t have to be a train enthusiast to “Stop, Look and Listen”. While first coined to create safety at crossings, I have utilized the phrase to increase my awareness at choice points.
STOP — I take a moment to recognize there is a choice to be made. This pause helps me become more mindful. I try not to rush this, by remembering the Zen saying “Time is short, we must act slowly”.
LOOK — Looking around, I see my circumstances in new ways. Often I see options that I had not considered. I may discover a new insight or course of action.
LISTEN — Listening to that discovery helps me to act with increased awareness; to act, rather than react.
You don’t have to be crossing train tracks to “Stop, Look and Listen”.