When someone does something that upsets you, do you get sidetracked and allow their actions or words to be the focal point of your response? Or do you stay your course, focused on the longer view of what you’re committed to?
Civil rights veteran Vincent Harding, who passed away last week, had some thoughts about this very question, and he shared them on the public radio show, On Being. His words are transcendent and are just as applicable to everyday conflict resolution as they are to civil rights.
Let us “not simply be reactors,” Harding advises, as he discusses the civil rights anthem, This Little Light of Mine.
Take a listen. The audio begins at the segment relevant to this post, but it’s worth listening to the entire interview.