Stop!

Do you remember the song, “Stop in the Name of Love? The Supremes performed it in 1965. Some of the lyrics are:

“stop in the name of love
before you break my heart
think it over”

Asking someone to stop before they break our hearts may not work, because that requires another person’s action. The words “STOP” and “think it over” are what I want to talk about today.

We don’t slow down, let alone stop, very often do we? Many of us are in perpetual motion, like the proverbial hamster on a wheel, running round and round and never giving ourselves permission to STOP. I wonder what we think we’ll miss if we simply stop. Do we keep running because “time doesn’t stand still” and we feel like we NEED to do more, say more, accomplish more, or control more?

We don’t give our minds a break either.  How common is it to STOP, “think it over” and then decide what to do or not do, rather than simply react? On the other extreme, we may think almost everything over and over and over, never stopping that vicious circle. (I’m much more guilty of the latter.)

What if we CHOOSE to stop? What if we CHOOSE where to spend our energy and resources? What if we CHOOSE to simply STOP, think it over, and change course? What if we CHOOSE to do the following?

Right now I will STOP
rushing through my life
being judgmental
feeling powerless

Right now I will STOP what I’m doing and REALLY listen
to my children and grandchildren
to my parents and my partner
to my friends

Right now I will STOP and ENGAGE
with my Higher Power
with other people
with my inner voice

Right now I will STOP and ALLOW
myself to slow down
my home to not be perfect
myself to grieve

Right now I will STOP and hear
the sounds outside my home
the way I speak to others
the music

Right now I will STOP trying to
keep up with other people
avoid my problems
always be right

Right now I will STOP
over committing
always putting everyone else before myself
dwelling on the negative

Right now I will STOP avoiding my “problems” by
burying my pain in some addiction (labeled as a distraction)
making excuses
hiding out

Right now I will STOP and see
the colors of the landscape
the beauty of a flower
the smile of a child

Right now I will STOP being so
concerned about what others think
self-righteous
darned serious

Right now I will STOP
not taking care of myself
worrying about things I can’t control
being afraid to speak up

Right now I will STOP allowing others to
mistreat or abuse me
disrespect me
minimize me, or my opinions

Right now I will STOP being afraid
to love
to trust
to laugh

Right now I will STOP and
actually connect with the people I live with
value experiences above things
begin to create a peaceful home

Right now I will STOP so that I can BE
present in my space
aware of THIS moment
still.….just me.….alone

I know how scary stopping can be.

One day this particular life will end. Although our spirit will live on, it’s likely we won’t get to control that particular “STOP on our journey”. Right now, however, we have a little more flexibility.

Are YOU willing to STOP in the name of love for yourself, and think it over?”
Kay

©2014 peace full home™

 

This beautiful scene would have been missed if we weren't able to STOP long enough to capture it. ©2014 PEACE FULL HOME.COM

This beautiful scene would have been missed if we weren’t able to STOP long enough to capture it. ©2014 peace full home™

 

 

 

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