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 putting some thought into it, in the same way, someone makes a remark to us that is less than appropriate.
Thoughts are fleeting, but a reaction will always stay with the person we react to. We can always choose not to react in those circumstances and so that we become calm and take control. Always place importance on your health and integrity, rather than importance on the person making the criticism or remark towards you.
It’s never easy to do, but well worth the effort. Generally, perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to act on our reactions. When we stand back of course and think things through, we achieve a better outcome.
But our gut response is always to react back.