Pause, Reflect, Relieve Tension

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When we live a life
too busy to pause
and reflect,
there is little time
to relieve ourselves
of the tension
we’re experiencing.

When we’re constantly in a state
of tension,
mild or significant,
we’re depriving ourselves
of not only physical health,
but also relational health.

Health with other people.

We simply have no room in our being
to be present with them.

Not only that,
but out of tension
arises behaviors
that go against our values.

Behaviors we often regret
in hindsight.

Behaviors
that push people away
despite how much we long
for their connection.

One of the simplest,
yet most important
and sometimes quite difficult things we can do
as leaders
is to relieve ourselves
of our own tension,
by realizing empathy
with ourselves.