Respond, Don’t React

Every problem introduces a person to himself. — John McDonnell

No matter what we have gone through in life — or what we are currently going through — we have an opportunity to grow from it. It’s sometimes hard to see opportunity in the midst of pain and disappointment yet it’s there. We must be willing to look for it and pursue it. We know this statement — Adversity either makes us bitter or better, we choose the answer.

How do you usually respond to a bad experience? There are several possible reactions – explode in anger, shrink into yourself emotionally, perhaps detach yourself from the experience as much as possible, or try to ignore it.

Each time we encounter a disappointing experience, we get to know ourselves a little better. It prompts us to face who we are and where we are. What we do with that experience defines who we become. They say disappointment is one of the largest catalysts for change because when the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change, a new journey is embraced.

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Think of a recent negative experience and write an honest assessment of your attitude toward it. What was your response? Would you do anything different in the future?


Don’t Survive; Thrive!

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