I'm back, from a little hiatus of posting articles on here. I'm going to jump right back in with the word "Respond". It might be one of my favorite pages in the book. If you aren't familiar with my new ABC book, check it out here.
When a situation arises that could be troubling, I believe the key is to stay aware of your ability to respond, rather than react. Responding to a situation is different than Reacting. When we react, we let the emotion of the situation take over, we may jump to conclusion or get angry or sad, before we have all the information. Or, we might just end the situation by walking away or doing something else that could be seen as drastic or over-reacting by some. I believe the key to more healthy relationships and life in general, is to build that ability to respond, and to set an intention to respond with kindness and peace. No matter what is going on in your world, you still have that choice.
Are there times this is easier than others? Of course!
For me, when my kids have been just a little extra crazy all day, it is really hard to still offer them openness and understanding, because the little things start to annoy me and I want to React!!!
It is a true mark of growth in a person when they can keep their cool in any situation. That is really what this is about. It doesn't mean being a doormat. It doesn't mean having no boundaries. But the act of asking a question or pausing and breathing before you respond will help smooth over most misunderstandings. You only control the things that you do. My goal is to be in control of myself no matter what! That is why my ongoing goal is to Respond in ever situation with kindness and peace. Will you join me?
Sara Page, Founder of The Open Life
Sara Page is an Artist, Writer, Speaker, Openness Coach, and creator of the new ABC book. ("L is for Love and Light") The book encourages the child in all of us to stay true to who we are, and follow our dreams! As the Founder of The Open Life, Sara's mission is to Live Life Open, and inspire others to do the same! Sign up for email updates and start living "The Open Life"!