It’s hard to pause and be reflective. Sometimes it feels like I’m sacrificing my pace, my momentum or my critical thinking to slow down, clear my mind and breathe. If I clear everything... what if I lose something important that’s been humming in the background? What if I don’t want to lose this frenzied channel? It’s like driving in the remote counties of Wyoming. When you pick up a decent tune, you don’t want to mess with the dial even if it is riddled with static. If I turn off the radio it might be another hour before I pick up another frequency. Perhaps it’s best to just make due, even if it makes me crazy.
An example of a tried-and-true reason for pausing is nicely captured a couple of pages into chapter one. “What sleep is to the mind and body, pause is to leadership and innovation.”
Further into his work he captures bold and powerful reasons for the pause, outlining the impact reflective leaders can have on our communities and broader systems. Play big with the pause – step back to step forward. The antidote to the cacophony of technology, noise and clutter is certainly not more (stop scratching that incessant itch). Instead, apply the balm of quiet thought and reflection. If the tune is important enough you’ll hear it with deeper clarity when there is the gentle sound of silence in the background.
Where do you need to turn down the noise in order to get reflective?