“Pausing allows you to take a beat — to take a breath in your life. As everybody else is rushing around like a lunatic out there, I dare you to do the opposite.” – Maria Shriver
In the spirit of graduation season, I thought I’d share this great pearl of wisdom from Maria Shriver during her commencement speech at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. Living in such a fast-paced society, we can become quite obsessed with the next step of our lives, but Maria exclaims that it’s important for us to take time, pause and to live in the NOW. It’s funny because just as I was candidly expressing myself to my supervisor today, I caught myself saying how I’ve become so overwhelmed in thinking about what will come next after my year of VISTA service. While my supervisor completely understood where I was coming from, she wanted me to understand the importance of me focusing my energy in what I’m doing right now in order to be successful in the near future. In order to do that, I have to take time to gather my thoughts, communicate if something goes wrong, and ask for help if necessary.
As busy as our schedules may get from day to day, we have to remember to (as Maria put it): “turn off your mobile device, put down the Angry Birds and the Words with Friends and take a moment. Stop to look up and look around. Pause and check in with yourself — and spend a moment there.”
We all are talented beyond measure, and we have ability to achieve our wildest dreams — but sometimes it’s important to step back and breathe. Slow down and really take hold of everything around us at this particular moment. Then, when we are ready to move forward, we will be more than equipped to conquer the world.