Sometimes we react to our situations in life and other times we respond to life's events. There is a vast difference in the energy of those words by their opposites.
Re-act. Doing something the same without thought. Re: Before. Act: Doing. You are reacting. Doing what you did before.
Respond. Do you notice that it's the beginning of another word? Responsible. When you are responding to the event you are being responsible. It requires thought and attention.
When you learn to respond to life rather than react to it in a knee-jerk way, your life experience changes. You react, or you're triggered and you react to it quickly and as your emotions rise up, you literally go out of your mind.
So the lesson is learning to respond, so that your emotions don't get the better of you causing pain and chaos within and without. There's an aspect of you that flares up and is expressed by certain things that trigger you.
Here's a golden key that I learned recently from a good friend and it worked magically for me. Here's what you do. Name her, or him. Give that triggered aspect of you an identity.
Mine came up immediately as 'Martha'. So whenever I get triggered I go, 'Oh! Hi Martha!' It changes the whole game plan. Big time. It's gold.
It's greatly improved my responses. You can even talk to yours. I've talked (and still talk) to 'Martha' and she's enlightened me in a few ways. There's been a healing.
Give her/him a name and I'm willing to bet your reactions will magically transform into responses. What freedom! What liberty that offers you. Now, what's the name?
May this day serve you well. There is no other time.
Love and blessings, Dallas <3