React or Respond

When things go wrong, we have the option to react or respond.

When we react, we meet negativity with negativity. It’s done without thought and usually makes the situation worse.

But when we respond, we have an opportunity to convert the situation into something positive. Responding requires us to stop and think. To be calm and rational. How much better would our lives be, how much calmer, if we learned to respond rather than react?

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women