The weakness that’s exposed when you React rather than Respond

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Photo by Gabriel Matula on Unsplash

In recognising that space you have an opportunity to stop reacting to what happens to you and instead respond.

There is of course a huge difference between reacting and responding, and that is where the change dynamic can take place. Because responding is just the right thing to do. Right?


The word ‘respond’ elicits a different meaning to the word ‘react’. It suggests that you have paused and considered what happened. You have assessed what the implications are and have likely thought about any downsides or upsides from what has happened.

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Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

Wouldn’t the world be a chilled and calm place if this was how we all responded when something happened to us.


Reacting is sadly what we see all to often in today’s busy frantic world. People forgetting in an instant that there is a space between what happens to you and how you react/respond.

The exposed Weakness — Change

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“A glowing red “change” neon on a wall” by Ross Findon on Unsplash

But that shouldn’t stop us from trying.

When someone cuts in front of me, or undertakes me it annoys me and my impulsive desire is to react. To shout, consider some hand communication etc. But who does it help? No one.

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