Responding, not reacting, to hostility

 

When we’re faced with anger or incivility, in the heat of the moment it can be tempting to react in kind. But pausing to let God, Love, inspire our response enables us to proceed in a thoughtful, patient, healing manner.


“Am not!” “Are too!” And then an argument flares up on the playground, with one kid reacting to another’s taunts and jeers.

A lot of us have probably had some grown-up “playground moments” like that, when we’ve reacted to someone or something that’s hurt or upset us. And then maybe someone’s told us, “Don’t take it personally.” Well, that’s often easier said than done, especially when we’re on the receiving end of personal criticism, an angry attitude, a threatening confrontation, or a dismissive response to our work or ideas.

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