PAUSE [paws] by Marcia Singer of Santa Rosa, CA. ~ ~

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Santa Rosa, CA. ~I enter a new year with thanks, and a PAUSE to refresh, with this tale. It was a chilly, wet, early morning

when I set out to get my flu shot. I confess to having some resent- ment about it. First off, I pay out of pocket and the price increases every year. Also, I mostly get the shot because one of my favorite senior facilities requires it of me --even though I only work two hours a month there. Yes, I know about the evidence that getting vaccinated may pro- tect others from me, as well as me from the herd. Yet, I am not wholly convinced yet. So when I called the pharmacy

to see if there was a line, and the man on the phone said no one was there yet, I went right over. I asked for the least expensive option, even though I am a senior. (No, I don’t have Medicare coverage…) Long story short, forty-five minutes later I was still waiting for the vacci- nation. What was taking them so long? I had though asked for a place to sit, after twenty minutes on my

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feet. I was in a waiting room that connects to the pharmacy area, and there was a machine that takes blood pressure. I wondered what mine might be, given that I was a bit peeved. The instructions said that 120 and 80 were normal. I strapped my arm in, and waited. My read outs were 125 and 76, and pulse was 77. Hmmmnnnn… Another 15

minutes of waiting and pacing passed be- fore I returned to the pharmacy counter to ask what the problem

was. There was now a long line, but I was sited, and told I’d be next: finally! But no, he’d ordered a se- rum that was thirty dollars higher (for seniors), not the one I asked for. I muttered that I’d not be com- ing back next year. Nearby, filling prescriptions, a lady pharmacist overheard. She hurried over: what was wrong, she asked? I told her, and wondered why I still had no ex- planation (or apology) for the poor service? With a frustrated look, she explained that she was the phar- macist, and her assistant, “the new guy” on his first day of work, didn’t

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der, and was sent back to the waiting room. There was that blood pressure machine, beckoning me to PAUSE and try again. Could I improve my first scores by using my primary mindful-

ness technique? I strapped back in, stayed present with deep belly breathing. A minute later my re- sults came: 115, 74 and 69. WOW! Just then, the pharmacist came in.

After the injection, we had a very touching moment. She seemed near tears so I gave her a hug, and she gave me one back, and we ended with smiles: a decidedly up- beat ending to that saga! So, my point is that we humans

can turn peevements into upbeat achievements. How? With an in- tentional PAUSE. By consciously using breathing, and leaning into being well --or weller than we were just being. I even got an ac- tual physical read out of how this practice affects my blood pressure, how in just a minute’s time, you can center yourself, “normalize.” I plan to take many opportu-

nities to PAUSE, and refresh body and soul.

May we each

be happy, healthy, safe and up- beat now and throughout 2020.

Shining deLight, Upbeat's DizKlaimurz Marcia

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