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1“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.”

This is from Stephen Covey’s book The 8th Habit, which is the follow up to “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. I am re-reading it right now, and getting much more out of it the second time around.

In the 8th habit he talks a lot about that space. When something bad happens to you, you have this space where you can decide how to respond to it, or whether to respond to it all. The more you exercise the use of this space, the more this space grows. The more this space grows, the more control you have over your life.

I know that whatever happens in my life, it is because I chose it.  I make a conscious decision to be happy and make the best of everything that happens to me.  This empowers me to have 100% freedom over my present happiness and my future.

I can be negative as well.  But everyday I choose to be happy, and try to work on that space in between the stimulus and my response. “The 8th Habit” teaches you about this, and much, much more.  It is an excellent book, and must-read!