I’m sure we’ve all been in this situation, 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 may make a remark to us that is less than appropriate.
Thoughts are fleeting of course, but a reaction will always stay with the person we react to. We can always choose not to react in those circumstances, and instead become calm and take control. When a remark is made to us, always place importance on your health and integrity, rather than on the person making the criticism or remark towards you.
It’s never easy to do, but well worth the effort. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to react. When we stand back, of course, and think things through, we will always achieve a better outcome.
But our gut response is always to react.