How often do we (I) revert to our childish behaviors and thought processes when we are confronted with old emotions applied to new events? How do we catch ourselves before we react rather than respond? I ask myself, "Is my three-year-old self in charge, or is the adult me ready to step up and take control?"
I have noticed that as I detect old situations clothed in new array, I can choose to respond rather than automatically react in old ways. The trick is to recognize the old dragons as they rise up. Then we can dissolve them by not engaging in old combat.
How to do this? How to recognize, then respond? I pray. I tune in to that healed part of me that knows better. I conspire with my Higher Self to choose a new way, a healthier way to deal with old patterns. There is always a split second between stimulus and response wherein I can make a choice not to react in old ways. And I can develop ahead of time new responses, new behaviors that ensure new outcomes instead of old predictable results. I can choose to do things differently in order to get different results.
Thank you, Sweet Spirit, for always being available for me to turn to. Let me make the choice for your wise counsel over my ingrained reactions to events in my life. With you, I will take a moment to respond rather than react. Amen.