I’m sure we’ve all been in this situation before, reacting to something someone says, instead of stepping back to think about what our reaction should be.
Most of the time, reacting to someone’s comment may not get us into trouble. But we must always work through the calculated risk of what will happen, if we say something without working through the thought behind it.
Thoughts are fleeting, but a reaction will stay with the person we react to. But we can choose not to react in those circumstances, so that we become calm and take control. We must place importance on our health and integrity, rather than importance on the person making the criticism or remark.
It is never easy to do, but well worth the effort. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to act on our instant reactions. Usually when we stand back and think things through we achieve a better outcome.
Our gut response is always to react back.