Stop Jumping The Gun

January 13, 2012 by  
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Do you let your blood boil?  Do you respond to a provocation without thinking?  Do you sometimes answer before truly thinking about the question?  Do you jump to conclusions? Do you act on things only to regret a moment later?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then you suffer from “jumpenites of the gun.”

But don’t feel bad.  You are not alone.  I ought to know being a Sagittarian (fire sign) and Latin (fire birth right).

But here is the good news.  There is now a remedy for jumping the gun.  It is called: Taking time.

Now don’t confuse being spontaneous with jumping the gun.

Being spontaneous means you have a strong feeling inside.  An example is when one is overcome with a sense of love and follows through by telling a person how much they love them or give them a hug or a kiss. That’s usually a good thing unless the recipient doesn’t know the giver or the spontaneity is out of place.

Jumping the gun, is when we are reacting to something rather than initiating.  In these situations stopping to take time will either allow us to see the light or allow for a greater sense of certainty.

I often think we jump the gun because we want to show others how valid and right our feelings and opinions are.  It’s an ego matter.

The thought of not sharing what we think or feel – whatever that might be – becomes greater than letting the heat of the moment pass so we can give a more appropriate response.

So how do we take our time before reacting? We articulate how we feel – not to others – but to ourselves.  We let our thought simmer and then later we revisit it to make sure it is truly how we feel and think.  And if it is how we want others to perceive us.

Taking our time is a muscle that needs to be exercised.  Don’t get frustrated if it takes time to get there because once you learn the method, you will never go back and you’ll be cured of “jumpenites”.

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