Reaction vs. Response: What’s the Difference?

Well, quite simply, the difference is everything.

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If you envision a body of water, and it’s deep enough, then a reaction would be akin to the surface of the water.  It’s constantly rippling, moving, and changing — it’s rather chaotic.

Whereas the depths, the water down below, is calm, stable, and quiet.  This would analogous to a response.

When you think about where each comes from, there’s another facet of this analogy.  A response requires depth, patience, and diving down into the calmness of being.  A reaction is quick, unpredictable, and uneven.

It is always better to respond when you find yourself in situations where a quick reaction is the easiest.  Sometimes a reaction is required — but overall, the goal should be to get to a place where a moment of calm… then a response, is your automatic go-to.


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