Have you ever been in a situation where you regretted your actions just because you didn’t find out the whole picture of an issue?
So many times we will be faced with situations where we have to react. Sometimes it will be statements that are exaggerated. It could even be a text message. I have lost count of the number of times I have totally misinterpreted messages because I read them in a different tone.
I challenge us all today to be careful about our response to situations. Wait for the whole story because reacting. Not just the whole story, but the true story. I know we live in an era where a lot of people prefer text messages. Before you respond to that text, take a moment to think about what you are writing. The same applies to social media interactions. This is why I still prefer phone calls over text messages or emails. I love to hear people’s voices. It helps me judge better.
Know your weakness and find ways to deal with issues better. I am one of those who like to deal with things immediately and get over them. Inasmuch as this can be good because I get over things easily, it can also be bad because not waiting to get whole picture can make me overreact. So now I write and save what I have to say somewhere, give myself sometime to reflect and then come back to that message. To be honest 9 out of 10 times, I end up not sending those messages because I find out I don’t even have to respond that way. It’s also helpful to allow someone else go through the message before sending. This can help you manage and respond to situations better.
Take a moment, pray and ask God to help you. Don’t allow assumptions to ruin your relationships. Many things we fume about won’t even matter in another 5 years. Let’s learn to pick our battles and stop sweating the small stuffs.