Reaction vs Response

There is a vast difference between being aware of negative emotion and reacting to it. Awareness allows enough space to recognize the value of the guidance that emotion is showing us and then allows us sufficient time and thoughtfulness to choose a response. The length of that space is not important. It is enough. When we react, we are thoughtlessly allowing the emotion to rule our actions. In reaction, there is always some sort of mess to clean up when the reaction is done.