Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
– Stephen Covey
Life should not be a series of knee jerk reactions to the stuff that happens to us. When things become chaotic, when we have too many responsibilities and deadlines, we can turn into robots that simply bounce around like bumper cars — with no direction, no balance, no satisfaction. I’ve found that by focusing on that miraculous moment between an exhalation and an inhalation I can regain my ability to choose. It’s a way of reconnecting with what really matters. And when we consistently focus on what really matters, then we create for ourselves the opportunity for not only growth, but ultimately freedom. We don’t have to bounce around aimlessly. Within every breath, there’s the chance to choose our response to any given stimulus. What a relief!
Working Wisdom uses my favorite quotes to think about work in a new way.