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slide-1A recent New York Times article (December 22)  in the column Corner Office extols the virtues of waiting. Businessman César Melgoza says that “pregnant pauses are really good. There’s something that happens there.” Agreed, Mr. Melgoza, agreed. Pausing is the meat and potatoes of the Alexander Technique. Pausing tunes and tones our movement, clarifies our thinking, gives us time to process our words before blurting them out.  Unless some bell is ringing somewhere, there is almost always time to wait. It’s a skill in which I’m still a learner. For me, the best time to wait is before arising. Wake. Stop. Pause. Think about your day; envision how you’d like it to go and you may find yourself standing, ready, and wondering how you got there. Something happened. At least one time today, pause before speaking, before rushing out the door or down the drive. Pausing feeds potential. It is self-management that impacts your world, empowers choice, and impinges on no one.  Equally sweet as free.