Back up and take a calm look at the situation.

Sometimes events in life trigger us. And sometimes we react emotionally in response. Usually, we regret these impulses.

It can be a bit of a challenge to train ourselves to do things differently. It can prove to be an effort, but essentially, all we need to do is to wait.

When we’ve allowed our biochemical response to the triggering to wane, we can more easily review the scenario on its merits. From this calmer space, we will make better choices and communicate more clearly. Our chances of an effective and successful response increase when we approach things more evenly.

Today’s message reminds me of the advantages of pausing when I’m likely to overreact. A little contemplation often can show me a better way to handle things.

Please reflect and share. How do you respond when you’re triggered?