Hit the Pause

It’s late in the day and I am still trying my best to meet deadlines. Typing briskly on the keyboard, I take a sip of my coffee followed with a deep breath. I am not sure whether it was accidental or destined, but I notice a key on the right hand corner of my laptop.

PAUSE/BREAK, A key which caught my attention and compelled me to think.

If a key proclaiming itself as “Pause/Break” had a pride of place in the modern keyboard, why wasn’t it an integral part of our lives too? In our fast paced lives, we are always challenging ourselves and in the process getting consumed.

We are frustrated with our daily mundane responsibilities and lose both energy and excitement to set new goals.

We are so overwhelmed with our career that we tend to disconnect with relationships which are very precious.

We get hyper sensitive about all kinds of stimuli around us.

We are so mentally and physically fatigued that the road ahead looks blurred.

We are so focused on the destination that we miss enjoying the journey.

Those are the times, when we need to look for this key and use it to Rethink, Reboot, Rediscover, Reinforce and Reconnect.

This brings me to the next big question.

Why does a Pause and Break share the same key?? Is there a deeper meaning to this ?

Keep thinking!!


The Pause and Break keys were used in DOS and still function in the Command Prompt today.

Pause key is designed to pause a text-mode program’s output – it still works in the Command Prompt window on Windows. When you press Pause, the output scrolling down your screen will stop. Depending on how the program is written, this may also pause the program’s execution. Press another key after pausing and the program will continue. The Pause key can also pause many computers during the BIOS boot-up process until another key is pressed.

Break key can be used to end DOS applications – pressing Ctrl+Break terminates a DOS application. This shortcut functions similarly to Ctrl+C, which is also used to terminate applications in command-line environments.




2 thoughts on “Hit the Pause

  1. Rajesh says:

    I think I read it at the right time…when I really need a pause or break. Maybe a halt at some rendezvous before I resume the journey to nowhere…
    With a sigh let me tell you, this has really been thought provoking and stimulating. Guess we all need this “reboot” at some point of our lives so as to avoid a possible hang or crash…thanks for this article.
    Keep writing…

    • Cuckoo says:

      Thanks a ton for your motivation.We all go thru these phases and its important to hit the button at the right time. but unfortunately its not as easy as it sounds

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