Do you know what is the difference between reacting and responding? The difference is huge. That is why these are two different words with a completely different reactions to same situation.
I found on a google the difference. The exact difference. Here is what our dear friend google says about these two:
There is a huge difference between reacting and responding. A reaction is typically quick, without much thought, tense and aggressive. A response is thought out, calm and non-threatening. A reaction typically provokes more reactions – perpetuating a long line of hatefulness with nothing accomplished.
You can really choose how you are going to respond to certain situation. I had a situation today, that somebody will freak out, but not me, not anymore.
My dear dear friend moved abroad. I miss this guy a lot. I could tell him whatever was on my mind and I miss him. Today, I send him over a message to call me, not even realizing that he is back at home. He came back! I was very surprised. I didn”t know as he didn”t told me. And then he was saying how he is here just for a day, getting ready to go with his sister to town. And we are not having time to meet. He is busy. Me, not expecting anything.
A year ago, I would be disappointed, but not today.
Today, I know that I should respect somebody”s decisions and time. I am not expecting from someone to run after me. I am really good with everything. In fact, I am proud of myself how I responded knowingly that there wasn”t enough time to see each other.
Moreover, he had a time to meet our mutual friend, but not me again.
The difference between me and somebody else is that I don”t take things personally anymore. It is so crucial to know that is not all about us. Ego! Our ego! I know I am the ocean, but also and drop of the ocean. I know he loves me and that is all what matters. Really, what else is important? Nothing!
It is always better to sleep on something. I always say, mornings are much more wiser than evenings. We tend to react fired on, without having much thought about the consequences. We all know that we can hurt somebody saying something.
I remember myself back in a days as a kid. I still hear sometimes how my school mate is teasing me about my hair. Whatever someone told you in a past, I believe you still hear in your head. So, today, think before you react and respond thinking first.
Live the life of no regrets. But first, think before you take action. and more over what is your intention about that you are going to respond. Learn more about the power of Intention. You can find it here: https://wp.me/pa101U-z
The topic about reacting and responding is one of the most powerful ways to take control of your life. You have, we have the power to decide. We have free will to do whatever we want. Of course that something is written in the stone, but on most cases YOU AND ONLY YOU choose and have free will to respond however you want.
I”ve been doing research about this topic about reacting and responding and found on Youtube a woman that perfectly describes the difference with some real life situations. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8jaGzncb7Y
Live the life of no regrets and next time think before you respond.
I wish you every success, Maja!