React or Respond

I was aware of a theoretical difference between reacting and responding.  Of course, I thought, I would much rather respond than react in situations.  I just couldn’t get beyond scratching the surface of the concept.  I then read about how I could distinguish reacting vs responding by how I felt after an event.  I then

S***t Storm

I swear that I am supposed to be learning something, but I certainly haven’t figured out what yet. Since I have last written a virtual torrent of crap has been raining down in my life.  Multiple (totaling over 10 at last count) lengthy life-threatening hospitalizations for my mom, dad and MIL, all with unnecessary, ugly