Who decides how you are going to act? Is it your circumstances or the difficult people in your life that determine your responses? When we allow our conflicts to control us, we behave as though getting rid of our predicaments is our only priority. Therefore, it doesn’t really matter how we treat one another. 
 
For example, we say, “This person is causing me distress right now so I don’t care about exercising patience, self-control, and lovingkindness. Instead, I want to let them to know how angry I am because of their actions.” 
 
We forget our trials will eventually subside. But the way we handle conflicts will influence our lives for a long time. Will you only respond to the momentary crisis or will you be more concerned about the enduring value of what kind of person you are becoming? Who decides how you will act when the pressure is on? 

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