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.  Viktor E. Frankl

In that space between what is said and done, there is that moment.
That moment where our tempers can flare, our hearts can be crushed, our thoughts scattered with confusion and misunderstanding.
In that moment words can rush to our mind, dancing on the tips of our tongue,  threatening to spill over like a dam in a thunderstorm.
In that moment we need to breathe,  breathe, breathe.
Pause.
Consider.
Choose.
In that moment we should still time and look, really look, into the eyes of the person we’re about to unleash reactive words upon.
This is a person we love. We respect.  We care about.
Hurried words and actions spoken in the flare of anger, the crush of disappointment and haze of miscommunication rarely come out in the way we intend.
So take care.
Tame the tongue.
Still the heart.
Choose wisely.

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