Saturday, August 3, 2013

To React or To Respond?!

"You don’t have to be Great to get started, but you have to get started to be Great!"

"Reactions are always Instinctive whereas Responses are always Intellectual."

Read the following story to help you understand the need to Respond to situations & events, than to React to it!

Suddenly a cockroach flew from somewhere and sat on her. I wondered if this was the cockroach’s response to all the glory that was spoken about it! She started screaming out of fear. With panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with a desperate attempt to get rid of the cockroach. Her reaction was contagious as everyone in her group got cranky to what was happening…..

The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away, but it landed on another lady in the group. Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama. After watching the fun for a while, the waiter came forward to their rescue. In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter. The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behaviour of the cockroach on his shirt. When he was confident enough that the cockroach has settled down, he grabbed and threw it out of the open window.

Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, I started to wonder ……. was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behaviour? If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed? He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos. That means, it was not the cockroach but the inability of those ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach that disturbed the them and the whole group!

Similarly, realize the fact that it is not the shouting of the boss / colleagues / wife / husband / son / daughter or other day-to-day happening that disturbs a person, but the inability of the person to handle such situations in a matured way disturbs him/her. More than the traffic jams, our inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam disturbs us …..!

Means, more than the problems, often it is our reactions to the problems that disturbs and hurts us….

Moral: Do not React to all twists and turns of our life spontaneously, but understand the situation and Respond to it Wisely ….

Good Day and Be Blessed with the Ability to Respond than React!

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