Reacting And Responding

At a restaurant, a June bug suddenly landed on a lady and frightened her. With a panic- stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping desperately, trying to shoo the bug.

Her reaction was contagious and everyone in her group also got panicky. Then the June bug flew away and landed on another lady in the group.

Now it was the second lady’s turn to continue the drama. The waiter rushed forward to her rescue. In the relay of throwing it back and forth, the June bug fell on

the waiter, who stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the bug on his shirt.

Confidently, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.

While I sipped my coffee and watched with amusement, I wondered if the June bug was responsible for their frantic behavior.

If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed? He handled it near to perfection without any chaos. It is not the bug, but the inability of the ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the bug that disturbed the ladies.

When faced with an unexpected bug, the women instinctively reacted while the waiter wisely responded. Reactions can be emotional and uncontrolled, but by responding instead of reacting, we allow ourselves a chance to consider our decisions carefully.

In that moment, I understood that I should not react in life. Instead, I should always respond.


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