Do You React or Do You Respond?

reacting versus responding

Do you react or do you respond?

Reaction may be by reflex and could be spontaneous but a response should be a well thought expression or action.
Panic may be a reaction to certain circumstances but caution and vigilance could be the response.
Our reactions may contradict our ideals but we must learn to take responsibility and respond appropriately.
I have caught myself being rude or inconsiderate in situations where I am in a huge hurry. I try not to defend my actions. I rather apologise for my rashness and express my gratitude where I failed to.
I have witnessed people scream in fright only to realize that there was no danger. That’s a perfect example of a reaction. If I catch myself in their shoes, I would express the fact that it was spontaneous and apologize for the scene I may have created. I would make extra effort to ensure that similar circumstances would not trigger the same unwanted expression.
We have relationships where we expect our partners to understand our reactions, where as, often times; they don’t.
We have taken certain decisions at certain times, in response to certain things that happened, without communicating our reason effectively to other parties involved.
The beauty of relationship is communication.
Don’t make an assumption that he knows you are hot tempered; apologise to him.
Don’t assume that she would understand that you were in a hurry; let her know that she deserves your attention.
Don’t tell yourself that it has passed and you should move ahead; the same pattern may become a habit.
Make effort to refer to the flawed reaction and respond appropriately.
Do the right thing and keep doing it because practice makes perfect.
Keep responding appropriately until your ideal response becomes your natural reflex reaction.

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Plan to Respond Not React

About teeceecounsel

Who am I really? Can that be defined yet? Probably by the time I'm long gone and all the pieces of my activities are compiled and analysed then you can know what you want to know about me. Meanwhile, I write. Not because I love writing but because I love people. I love to care and love to share. I'm a deep thinker and I love to believe in the impossible. The ideal is attainable and a shot at it must be given. Don't say 'It won't work' rather ask 'how will it work? Nobody is ever doomed unless they made the choice. To resist good and to adopt evil is already doom. To loose hope is to choose doom but to believe that every step is a passing phase leading towards your hope is to choose progress. I may go on and on but my posts say it all. I don't force you to agree, I only say enjoy!
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2 Responses to Do You React or Do You Respond?

  1. chiemelu paul says:

    I’ve been practicing this since 2004, it’s been helpful but it’s not an easy lifestyle if you ask me. We’ll keep asking for the grace of God to be able to run the affairs of life in the right manner.
    Well done TC!

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