Stop, Look and Listen

stop-look-listen---greenYou 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”.

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