Our response is the most important thing. What happens to us does not matter nearly as much as what we do in response to what happens to us. We make responses to every situation as it arises, and make responses to our responses, all day long, every day. If we improve the quality of those responses, we will improve the quality of our life, and the quality of the lives of those about us. We are quick to rate the quality of our situations, and the quality of our days. We generally pay no attention to the quality of our responses. We grumble and complain about how our life is going and all we have to put up with and how nothing ever goes our way, but rarely say anything about how well--or poorly-- we are responding to what goes on in a day. Forget what happens! Focus entirely upon your response! Attend your response in every moment of every situation. Facial expression, body language, tone of voice, choice of words, clarity of position in relation to what happened, type of emotion being communicated, position being expressed, etc. Attend the response to your response. How was your response received? What did the response to your response center on about your response? Thoroughly examine every aspect of the situation following the initial event. How could your initial response have been altered to shift/transform everything that followed? No defending/excusing/explaining/justifying! Just seeing! Just knowing! Just understanding! The power of your initial response in shaping everything that happened. How we respond/react to an event determines, or strongly influences, everything that follows. Practice having such an influence by altering/modifying/adjusting/changing how you respond to events that happen throughout your day. Begin grading your response to what happens and your responses to the responses to your response. Be attentive. Be awake. Be aware. Be alive to the moment you are living, and to the way you are living it. For always and ever!
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