“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.” Viktor E. Frankl
Today’s Mind-Bullet Monday centers around the concept of ? when faced with a heated, fearful or difficult situation ? the human “fight or flight” response is triggered.
But MG suggests we take a harder look at the “OR” in “fight or flight.” Is it really a case of either/or?
MG recounts some recent experiences:
1. Two grown adults in a disagreement. One points a finger at the other, who says, “Don’t you point at me!” Then the pointee later does some finger pointing of his own. Fight?
2. A golf course misunderstanding leads to heated exchange of words, the destruction of an innocent ball wash — and the dramatic marching exit of the offended party. Flight?
Fight or Flight? How about a third option? How about instead of fighting or fleeing we pull our “stuff” together and move on?
Look, we all lose our cool from time to time. But MG proposes we get off the dichotomous thinking train and understand something critical: THERE IS ALMOST ALWAYS A THIRD OPTION. Sometimes even a fourth, fifth, and more.
Here’s your reminder and challenge to stay mentally tough and find a way to NOT further heighten heated emotions.
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