How do you normally react when someone lashes out at you? A natural reaction when someone lashes out is usually to defend yourself, defend your position, or defend whatever it is that caused the person to lash out at you. But, that’s not the way you should respond.
Consider This Instead
You should actually consider responding with an apology, maybe say, “Hey, sounds like you might be having a bad day,” or, “Hey, sounds like something might be going on in your life,” or, “Hey, I apologize. I think I must have triggered something.” Something where, even though you didn’t do anything wrong, you apologize. Why would I suggest this? Because when you respond with an apology it changes the natural reaction of the other person, it gives them a chance to stop and reflect on how they reacted to you. Maybe it will change the next things that happen; maybe it won’t, but at the end of the day it’s not going to get worse, and you’re not going to feel bad.
What I believe is an even more important reason to respond in a kind manner is because whether you call it karma or universal law, by you being kind to that person, you’re going to get kindness back. It should also make you feel better because you’re going to walk away from a situation where you’re not extra tense because of an argument. Another benefit is that you’re going to feel better about the situation.
The Bigger Positive Impact
If you can be kind in an otherwise conflict situation you may change the other person’s day. Just because you were kind, you may cause them to reflect on why they reacted the way they did, why they had the behavior that they had, and it may help them feel better. It may help them get to a point where they can release whatever was causing them tension, and it may ensure that they are not going to react to somebody else that way.
When somebody reacts poorly in response to something you said, you don’t know what’s going on in that person’s life. You don’t know if somebody in their family is ill, if they are ill. You don’t know if they had just received bad news or have other severe stress in their life. Have you ever thought about it like that? Have you ever considered that you don’t know what’s going on in their life that caused them to react the way they did?
Collectively, if we are always kind and we react to situations in a positive manner we can create a better world. You can make a difference. See how many people you can positively impact. If you see somebody with a grumpy face, smile at them and say “hello”. You may change their day just by that simple act.
Be happy, be caring and always be kind.
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