Maggie’s Thought for the Month: Respond with a Purpose

Baby Maggie

During our lifetime, we will have an abundance of opportunities to make choices which will effect our lives. Some choices will have minor effects on our life, while others may have an everlasting impact. Every choice we make must be thought and decided with reflection, intelligence, and purpose.

Maggie was a thinker. Maybe this quality can be attributed to her part sheltie part border collie genes. Whatever the reason, Maggie never did anything without watching first. If she was in the yard and saw a squirrel, her tail would raise-butt would wiggle-and her nose would sniff the air. Then, she ran the quickest route to catch this furry critter that always seemed to be invading her territory. Even though Maggie rarely caught a squirrel, her purpose was accomplished- stay out of my territory or I will chase you!

We are constantly making decisions and choices for ourselves; as well as those we are responsible for at work and  home.  Although making decisions is nothing new in the world of adulthood-the rules in our society have become less black and white, as well as the consequences. Maybe this is the reason we have more violence, quick tempered individuals, and an increase in narcissistic personalities. Instead of what seems to be the need to react instantly, perhaps we need to learn how to reflect more and then respond.

‘Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.’

Victor Frankl, ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’


2 thoughts on “Maggie’s Thought for the Month: Respond with a Purpose

  1. Susan Francisco May 2, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    “Instead of what seems to be the need to react instantly, perhaps we need to learn how to reflect more and then respond.” I fear that even if this was taped to the mirror in front of DJ Trump, it would not reflect it’s way into his brain. (Couldn’t help it, Linda)


    • lindamassucci May 2, 2016 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks for the laugh Susan! Maybe politicians should contact Maggie for consultations?


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