Proactive and Reactive

An article I read today about successful creative types urges would-be innovators to cut down on the number of hours and amount of energy they spend on being reactive — reacting to emails, messages, all sorts of stimuli that bombard our senses as soon as we get out of bed in the morning.

I spend so much of my time reacting to things — to the mess in the room, the morning express train that suddenly decides to turn local, replying to emails, adjusting my anxiety level to the news and number of bombs dropped on a given day, reacting reacting reacting.

I’d like to set aside time and space to create and produce, rather than just thoughtlessly jumping went told to.  Even if it’s only for a moment, to cook or write down a thought, to remember that we are actors in the world, rather than amoebas that the world acts upon.  Otherwise we begin to feel like a blobby things, without boundaries, form, identity, or conviction.  Because moving and acting with intention can feel good, and vice versa.  A teacher at Yoga to the People told us that when it feels good to move, then it looks good too.

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2 thoughts on “Proactive and Reactive

  1. This is such a great point. I wish I could be reminded of this at regular intervals — don’t react, create. Especially with working at an elementary school, I spend the whole day reacting to whatever chaos is swirling around me. I’m going to spend this weekend intentionally using creative energy instead. Thanks for writing this!

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