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Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
 

 

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Reaction

Sometimes it’s good and necessary to respond. Other times it’s more appropriate to let things be.

Wisdom is knowing the difference. Strength is abiding by that wisdom.

Will your response actually contribute value? Or is the primary reason for it to prove a point?

If you’re too eager to respond, too quick to react, you can get drawn into situations where no one wins. Is that really how you wish to spend any of the priceless moments of your life?

When you can jump in and make a useful contribution, by all means do so. But when all you have to offer is an angry reaction, you’ll soon come to thank yourself for having the restraint to leave it alone.

Just because you can respond, just because you want to react, doesn’t mean it’s the best choice. Consider the actual value of what you can offer before you put it forward.

— Ralph Marston

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