Response v. Reacting

There is no such thing as a right or wrong response, as we all bring in our own unique experiences.



Our perspective of the universe is determined largely by our personal individual experiences. It is when we are caught off guard by the spontaneity of existence that we are most apt to respond authentically, even when our feelings do not correspond with those of the multitude. Events that arouse strong emotions or are unexpected, in nature can be disquieting, for it often is in their aftermath that we discover how profoundly our histories have shaped us. The differences that divide us from one another are highlighted in our reactions and this can be challenging, because it forces us to confront the uniqueness of our lives.


When our response to unexpected news or startling ideas is not the same as that of the people around us, when these diverge from the mainstream, we may feel driven by a desire to dismiss others' beliefs and feelings, as irrational or wrong. But reactions themselves are neither right, nor wrong. The forces that sculpted the patterns that dictate our emotional development are not the same forces that shaped the development of our families, friends, colleagues, neighbors or community. There is no reason to believe that one person's reaction to a particular event is somehow more valid than another. How we respond to the constant changes taking place in the world around us, is a product of our personal history, a testament to our individuality. Our responses are also a part of the healing processes necessary for us to address key elements of our past, in a context we can grasp in the present.


Life's pivotal events can provide a way to define yourself as a matchless being, a beautiful unique soul inside a strong healthy body with a calm clear mind. Put aside the judgments that might otherwise prevent you from gaining insight into your distinct mode of interpreting the world. When you feel unsure of the legitimacy of your reactions, remember cultural, sociological, spiritual, and familial differences can cause two people to interpret a single event in wildly different ways. Try to internalize and accept your feelings without categorizing them or judging others. Examining your responses can show you that your emotional complexity is something to be valued, for it has made you who you are today.


We are all energetic beings experiencing the world and the energies of life are a part on one whole. The fabric flows with tides generated from our combined beliefs and feelings. May today bring you an abundance of comfort and joy.


Happy Resurrection Day!

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