13167: The Choices We Have When “Life Happens”

Hey there, hero!

We may or may not have control over what happens to us in life.

Sometimes, it’s our doing.

Sometimes, life happens with no input from us.

And although we might not be the cause of some event in our life, there is one thing that we can control: how we react to it.

And I’m telling you, your choices on how to react are far more numerous than you think.

And being mindful, imaginative and deliberate about my reaction is something I’ve been concentrating on with great results.

I want to share that with you.

Do you face knee jerk reactions, that are less useful to you than other choices? Are there times you wish you could go back and consider a different choice? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. You’re so right, David! It’s a difficult choice sometimes. If my reaction to something that happens is of anger, then I am angry for the rest of the day. If my reaction is one of gratitude, then that lingers for a long time as well. I choose to be peaceful and grateful, and I fight the knee-jerk anger reaction!

  2. Thank you, David. This one, paired with your podcast about waiting patiently before we speak, should be on everyone’s playlists. Excellently said.

  3. Choose to act or simply react. The former lets you be in control, the later gives away the control often to somebody you don’t even know.
    Great topic!

  4. You can also have a sense of humor about things. I find that’s often the most helpful, effective, healing response for me. I also love your impulse towards reacting compassionately.

  5. David, thank you once again for bringing a subject that is thought provoking and insightful.
    I have always been curious about why people make the choices they make. When I teach drama I always ask the student to consider what is going on in someone’s head that we judge as evil. Is he just doing everything he can to get his needs met? Does he think of himself as evil?
    I have to admit, though, sometimes, when I’m not teaching I can have a knee-jerk reaction and fly off the handle. Sometimes I do stop and consider.
    Thank you for reminding me that choosing to think before reacting is the kinder, more compassionate and useful option for all of us.