“Reaction doesn’t solve anything. In fact, our true needs often go unmet because we’ve added such drama to the situation. When you react, many times you then have to go back and fix, mop up, and apologize for the damage you have done with your bad behavior. You probably did have a valid point, somewhere along the way, but the true message of hurt or fear or inadequacy gets overlooked when we erupt with a geyser of emotion.
When we respond, we are conscious. We slow down. Articulate our thoughts. Choose our behavior. You can still be mad, if it serves you. You can still express your hurt and choose an appropriate response instead of a fly-off-the-handle reaction. This gives you power. You will be heard. You can then create a better or more illuminating experience, and that’s the kind of atmosphere awesome thrives in.”
Polly Campbell, in “How to Live an Awesome Life”
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