Frey Freyday- React/Respond

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)-

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.-Wayne Dyer

When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.-Dalai Lama

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.-Epictetus

People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that’s how they’ll react. But if you say, ‘We want peace, we want stability,’ we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society.-Nelson Mandela

What if you believed or responded to situations that there were no ‘bad’ experiences? Isn’t it true that no matter what you go through in life….EVERY experience provides for something of value if you look for it? – Tony Robbins

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.-George Bernard Shaw

Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.-Stephen Covey

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but the attitude we bring to life.-Wade Boggs

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.-Charles R. Swindoll

Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.-Mia Hamm


Response – [ri-spons] – an answer or reply, as in words or in some action.

Reaction – [ree-ak-shuh n] – action in response to some influence, event, etc.:


How we respond is everything.

      I’ve seen two men from the same deadly, gruesome battle in Vietnam describe and react differently. Both were from the same group. Both saw many people around them die. Both were shot. Both endured the same things, yet they responded, reacted, described and thought about the battles differently.

     One thought that people were inherently evil or violent and that the battle scarred him forever. He saw the deaths as losses and still felt wounded decades later. The other man saw that life was a precious gift, that he had a second chance, that he cherished the friendships and memories of those men that perished, and the same for those people that have been in his life since. Consequently their lives since then have been much different too.

     Likewise, we all react to small daily situations and big life decisions in our own way. We can change our ways. When you face a challenge, hit a wall, or experience failure, what do you do next? What do you believe about it? What questions do you ask? Is it time to just give up? Or do you keep going? Do you believe that the experience was an education or just a waste of time?

     How do you react to loved ones and co-workers? Do you think of their point of view? Are you selfish? Are you aware of yourself, others, and situations?

     How do you respond? We all face challenges big and small. What you do next is what really counts.

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By”(WTLB).

Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally,

sometimes accidentally.

……So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

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