A Reason to “Pause”
This week has brought us another moment to “pause” in the midst of our holiday preparations – in the midst of our lives. Life dealt a cold blow to our country and the families who lost their children this week in the mass shooting in Connecticut. With that cloud hanging over each of us, and my own heart very heavy, I ventured out trying to complete tasks that seemed so menial. I made my way to the mall (not my favorite place to go) very aware that I was behind in my preparations. But I was different in my focus. I found myself slowing down, standing aside for others and having more eye contact with those crossing my path. I found myself watching how I, and those around me, and how we were just going about our business just as so many others have been doing when their life was cut short due to a shooting rampage. I realized we have to make each moment count as we never really know when it is our last.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
- Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.
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