Let’s recognize that when we encounter and react to a situation that triggers an emotional outburst (getting cut off on the freeway, being spoken to unkindly or disrespectfully, etc.), it is our emotional reaction that gives significance to the circumstances. If we do not react, then the occurrence remains insignificant, almost as though it did not happen.

It was nothing more than a blip on the radar. When we proactively practice our patience and hold our fire, we can maintain our peaceful demeanor and preserve our emotional energy.

So, the next time you are about to react to negative stimuli; remember your peaceful place, breathe, and conserve your emotional energy for something more positive.