It has been quite some time since I have posted an article. Well, life happens, and sometimes it just gets in the way. But that’s okay. What matters most is how we respond to the issues life throws at us. None of us are perfect. It is more important to respond – versus react – to what gets thrown our way.
So, what are the differences between responding and reacting?
Reacting on the other hand, is:
Why is this distinction important?
When something does not go as planned, the easiest thing to do is react, which becomes a quick decision to resolve the issue or address the situation. While reacting quickly may be needed, to stop a toddler from walking into traffic for example, a response will be more appropriate. With experience on your side, responding may become as quick as reacting, but without the adverse side-effects from reacting.
How do I get there?
Life brings us opportunities to learn, make decisions, and become more knowledgeable. Knowledge is gained from experience and education (formal and informal). Wisdom is knowing when and how to apply knowledge in a way that suites the situation. Each situation is different, and must be carefully considered. Next week, I will discuss, a bit more, knowledge versus wisdom.