Action vs. REaction

Mental Fitness

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“A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.” – Rita Mae Brown

You could march an army through the gap that separates action from reaction. It’s all about control. If you’re reacting, someone else is in control – pulling your strings and dictating what you say and do.

But if you’re acting, you’re in control – you’ve taken the strings off and are directing your own show.

Think of it this way:

You either have action or you have reaction and all that it brings with it, as in: reproach, regret, repentance, remorse, repine, and resentment.

Make each moment count double,
~Joi

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  • Jim Palermo

    The biggest benifit came when I realized I was reacting to my own feelings and emotions.

  • Rob Greitens

    This is a powerful concept used in the martial arts as well as the mental arts.

  • Great point, Rob! I hadn’t thought of that. The martial arts fascinate me so much, it’s something I’ve vowed to learn more about. I’m totally drawn to the control and focus that martial arts teaches. Thanks for pointing this out!

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