Do you find yourself reacting to life or responding to it? There is a difference in the energy of each of those words that is felt in your body.
As we grow we watch how others deal with certain issues and if it works we take it to use in our own way. And if it works well for you, you'll return to that energy whenever you face similar situations.
That's all well and good as we're first moving through this world and learning how to stand on our own two feet. But in time you realize the effects of your re-actions. If you're conscious you'll make changes to alter how you deal with the situation now in a new light.
At first we learn how others deal with the circumstances and when a similar incident happens we react in that same way. We first learn this from our parents and will imitate them in our actions. When you're older you often hear your mother or father walk out of your mouth.
This is a rote reaction and isn't conscious. You aren't thinking of an answer or response, you're reacting to it from what you've learned from them.
When we come into our own and become independent in the world we then carve out our own responses to life. We now respond, we think first, and then we give a calm, loving answer. A response to the situation.
You can feel how the energy of responding is so much calmer than when you think of reacting. Reacting is done without thought. It's a learned reaction. Responding is done with thought. It carries with it a preferred pause.
A step back. A second look. You see something you didn't think of before. You're allowing Source to move through you and respond in the best possible way for all involved, not just you.
You realize that life is about this dance between you and others, you and nature, you and spirit. You dance your responses throughout your days so that you may live in the peaceful, conscientious mode that makes life enjoyable. Peace and joy are derivatives of love.
When you learn how to respond to the world then you are making great strides into listening to your guidance. Don't allow the behavior of others to be how you react to life's challenges.
Make your own path and whenever possible, pause, think and respond with kind. Your world will show you kind in return.
May this day serve you well. There is no other time.
Love and blessings, Love-Lights