Three weeks ago, I talked about 4 possible steps we can take to improve relationships. The second area I mentioned was taking a breath before reacting. Give yourself some time to reflect and ask questions and don’t react to impulse! Yes, pause, be quiet, PRAY and think! Take the position as observer, instead of “reactor!” You don’t need to act in anger, or even logically trying to “fix” the situation. Learn to take a minute to observe and learn something before reacting. When you do take action, you will be more thoughtful, strategic and mindful.
James 1:19-20 (NIV)
Listening and Doing
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
So, What… for This Week?
In order to NOT live the definition of INSANITY, it’s time to do something different…Sit alone, quietly and journal about what has frustrated you this week and how you’d like to react. Promise yourself that you will NOT react yet and see if you learn something new that you may have been missing for a long time!