Learning to pause

Imagine you are running late for work and rush to your car only to find a flat tyre. How would you feel? Probably many shades of negative emotions will arise from anger to the universe conspiring against you. Now imagine, you wake up in the morning to find you won millions of dollars in the lottery and then go out and find a flat tyre – how will you react? Probably a lot differently from the first situation. The point being outer circumstances are stimulus, however the reaction to a situation comes from within. Our interpretation of the circumstances usually determine our behaviour and attitude. Reflecting upon this may we develop the patience and understanding to pause before automatic reactions. In transforming our minds we realise the wisdom of Viktor Frankl words “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Lotus Seed

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