Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Musings

Image Via Viktoria Tumblr

"Between stimulus and response, there is a space.
In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom"
Steven Covey

Between whatever happens to you and your response to it...... is a space! In that space is your power to choose how you react. And in your response lies your growth and happiness. You could even choose a response that affects the stimulus itself. You could become a force of nature.

So simple, yet so powerful.

Learning to bite my tongue :)
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26 comments:

  1. hi AM, great post. I always think of "responsible" as Able to choose your response. ie being mature enough to control your response and choose one that brings the desired effect.

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  2. That is so true! But pausing in that space to consider and make wise choices can be reeeally difficult! Something I need to do too!

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  3. Oh if only people would take that moment to think & not . . . OVER react. I remember when my children were young & had done something wrong, we were all learning, rather than say something in the heat of the momemnt/ disappointment/ shock . . . i'd say "mummy is thinking, wait for it" & they sit in anticipation of what i was going to say/ do/ direct. Saved a lot of screaming & negativity that's for sure.
    Hey, this week my high schooler said i must have a degree in awesome, tee hee, i think i might have to print one up & hang it next to the real BSc ones!! Have a beautiful week A-M, love Posie

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  4. One of the most impactful quotes I have read in ages. If we all gave ourselves time to respond.......

    Thank you for that.

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  5. The words and image are a lovely gift A-M, thank you.

    Felicity x

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  6. Is that the cure for my foot in mouth disease?

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  7. Wow, I've never thought of it that way!!! I'm going to remember that and try to use the 'space' a bit better than I often do :) thanks so much for sharing A-M it's brightened my day! Hugs, Jxx

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  8. Just be careful to not bite off your tongue! I've come close in the past.
    xxx

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  9. I think that learning to bite your tongue is a life time learning thing because it is naturally so hard. Learning not to leap in with your first response but to take your time and mull over what the other person has said is so important but a skill I still struggle with. Now this is all very deep for a Sunday morning..ha! Hope you have a lovely day, cheers Katherine

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  10. This is a very good thing to be reminded of...thank you :)

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  11. Thank you for that pearl - could not have been a more appropriate day for me to read it and an affirmation that I should hold off in response to a nasty e-mail that threatens a long friendship. It is so true that the space is a place of growth and so today I bite my tongue! Julia

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  12. Wise and wonderful words A-M. I will take it on board. Lovely image too.

    Enjoy your Sunday!

    V :)

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  13. I sometimes talk about the crucial edit from mind to mouth. Am also a fan of silence at times, not responding at all to antagonistic questions or statements. Silence can truly be golden.

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  14. Something that even at age 57 I still need to learn.

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  15. Oh I so sometimes need to do that I so speak before I think I then wish I never said it!! & I always say to my children if you cannot say anything nice then don't say anything at all.

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  16. I think I would like to be a force of nature. That's a fabulous thought.. hope you are well,x

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  17. Now I just need someone to invent a time delay button in order to allow me to first stop and remember that thought!

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  18. My husband did a Covey course many years ago to do with his work and it shaped him very much. I just showed him your post and he said he was doing another one of his courses some time this year....

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  19. Oh, and such a beautiful photo to illustrate the wise words! :-)

    Have a great sunday!

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  20. A-M Amazing photo, you know, my hospital tray meals come presented just like that photo.

    No they don't I'm such a liar!

    PS. RE holding your tongue, and creating space before responses, the best advice I've EVER been given is to say quietly and calmly. Yes I know, and I agree with you, but there are two of us, and I'm only going to accept half the blame. IT WORKS, DON'T SELL YOURSELF SHORT!
    Louise

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  21. Ah, A-M, it really sounds like you're finding your equilibrium again. Fabulous. And I agree with Felicity, that photo is divine. J x

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  22. I love that so much. That has been such a hard lesson for me to learn, not reacting to everything and everyone. I'm finally getting it! You're right, it is very powerful, that space. Rachaelxx

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  23. Love the quote, something that I need to learn very quickly!

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  24. That is a powerful Quote....one I need at this time...I must listen to the space.......

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  25. You're a better gal than me Gunga Din. Something happened when I turned 50....that space between thought & word disappeared! I figured that life's too short & there are too many fools around who need to be told they are. Yes, I get myself into trouble sometimes, but I feel all the better for it!
    Millie x

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx