Responding vs. Reacting

Today I want to share a tip with you that helps me maintain my alignment with God and protect my hard-won peace of mind:

I’ve learned how to respond instead of react.

When we are triggered in some way, reacting is our first instinct. We want to defend, deflect, or express our feelings in the moment. Reacting is human, but it’s also hasty and emotional. It can make matters worse, creating greater confusion, chaos and stress. 

Responding is different. It is an intentional reply that is thought out. Responding requires you to pause and think about the outcome you really want to achieve.

You’re not a robot. You have emotions so the pause is to work through the feelings that were triggered. That is very important. After you have your emotions under control, you’re in a better state of mind to craft your response based on what really matters to you.

Personally, I give myself plenty of time and space to respond to things. I resist the pressure to answer quickly, no matter how triggered I may be. As a leader and woman of influence, I’m aware of the power of my response – whether it’s public or private. My response is the determining factor.

Since I have prioritized my health and well-being, I choose the response that will promote peace, if it is possible. I try to respond in a way that causes no harm to others or will invite more stress into my own life.

From a spiritual perspective, God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. This means that satan is the one who is attempting to stir up strife and stress, so my aim is to respond in a way that stops him in his tracks.

Remember this: sometimes the right response is no response.

Protect your peace!

Scripture Meditation:

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 NIV

Spread the word.

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