Hi everyone! Thank you all soooo much for the Birthday Wishes on Monday. I had a great weekend and day which I will tell you more about later (hopefully tomorrow!). This week is screaming busy for me between being super busy at work, having crossfit two nights a week, attempting my long run of the week tonight and then Eric and I are going away for one last camping weekend on Friday. Summer definitely isn’t over yet in our neck of the woods as it’s been around 30 – 33 C all week (86 – 91 F) and I’m looking forward to an awesome weekend camping by the lake. We are even renting kayaks.
Anyways, in the meantime, I just wanted to share two great quotes with you. A friend posted them on Facebook yesterday and they really got me thinking.
“The greatest remedy for anger is delay.”
-Seneca, Roman philosopher, dramatist, and politician (5 B.C. – 65 A.D.)
We would all be in better shape if we could manage to remember the words of this wise philosopher. The next time you feel your blood beginning to boil, take a step away from the situation, breathe deeply, and wait just a minute before reacting. By simply creating the space between stimulus (when your kids push your buttons) and response (when you respond to them), you can find the creativity that lies within you. In this space, you can remember what it is that’s important to you. You can decide whether or not to take something personally. You can think of meaningful consequences and choices. You can respond through your principles and integrity rather than through your anger. So, do whatever it takes to stay calm in the heat of the moment and remember, the most important button on your emotional remote control is the one marked “pause”.
-Hal Runkel, LMFT,Author of ScreamFree Parenting and Self-Centered Marriage
Just something that really made me pause and think. It’s so true. Often when we are ready to blow up or get really frustrated or upset over something all it takes is a bit of a delay to realize that it’s really not as big of a deal as we think it is. I think this goes back to the 10,10,10 rule too.
It got me thinking so I wanted to share it!
Are you good at pausing before reacting?