Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thoughtful Thursdays: The Best Response Is No Response

Blah...blah...blah...Some people just love to hear themselves talk.  Have you ever notice that some of your friends, family members, or that significant other tend to show their behinds when other people are around?!  Sometimes the best response to a negative comment, angry text message or facebook post, or argumentative conversation, is no response at all.

I guess my grandmother was right when she said that "silence is actually golden".  Some people want that reaction and others actually need that dramatic reaction from you.  It isn't enough that there are people who are unhappy.  Those people want you to be unhappy also.

Sometimes the best response to a person is to either say nothing or simply say, "Look I cannot talk to you right now, but I will let let you know when I am ready."  There is no point in getting hooked into someone else's negativity, argument, or answering a non-answer-is-the-right-answer question just to prove a point, especially when the other person doesn't want to here opposing views. 

To make it short and sweet...think really carefully before you speak or react. Just because that person is unhappy, doesn't mean you have to be unhappy too. This is a new year.  Just because yesterday was negative doesn't mean tomorrow has to be.

Have you had a bad reaction to something recently and regretted afterwards?  PLEASE COMMENT.  What advice would you give READERS who react first and think later?