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A Pause in Time, Saves Lives

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Addis: Sir, are we having our meeting? Good morning.

Me: Yes. Good morning sir. Phone?

Addis: No video call. Please…meet me later. Whenever you have time in the day.

And so, I dialed Addis on my phone, but I was surprised when he pushed back to say he wanted a video call.

“Video call? But you sent me a text message saying “No video call”.” He burst out laughing.

What he meant to say was “No, video call.” in response to my short question regarding whether we should talk on phone versus meeting via a video meeting tool.

We work together and talk regularly, so he understood my question, but the issue was his response had a different meaning to me and I responded based on my understanding.

Punctuation matters.

Very much so in this other scenario; “Let’s eat Grandma!” versus “Let’s eat, Grandma!”

I’m not even going to get into the flagrant misuse of “your” and “you’re”.

Okay, I lied. I’ll get into it.

When you use “you’re”, it means “you are”. There is no other way to use it. In English Language, it is called a contraction. “You’re” is a contraction of “you are”. Period.

That is why you cannot say, “The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, ‘your’ still a rat”. Robert Kiyosaki never said so, and it is grammatically incorrect.

This is what he said, “The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, ‘you are’ still a rat”. This is the same thing as “The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, ‘you’re’ still a rat”.

You’ll be surprised that is not what I wanted to talk about.

My point today is, learning to pause at the right time can save your life. That is exactly what punctuation does in sentences.

In traditional agriculture, a form of pause is also used – the bush fallow system. It is the ancient and safe way of allowing a piece of land to ‘rest’ and regenerate its nutrients so that during the next planting season, it will have the capacity to support the growth of food crops.

Let’s rest.

We work so hard and abuse nature to depend on coffee. Are you aware that Canadians consume more coffee than water? According to the Coffee Association of Canada, this has been consistent since 2016!

Worrisome.

By the way, this is not an attack on the coffee industry or coffee drinkers.

The concern is why we need to take so much coffee in order to overextend ourselves when we are already exhausted.

Take a nap.

Plan a weekend getaway.

Switch off your phone.

Avail yourself of the little pleasures that signal rest to your brain.

You deserve it.

I deserve it.

Pause and rest so that you won’t be laid to rest before your time.

The world will move on without you in a jiffy when you are gone.

There is no indispensable man.

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Written by Dapo Bankole.
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