I can’t remember where I first heard the saying “no response is a response,” but it’s one of my favorites.
I wouldn’t say I’m confrontational, but I’m definitely one to speak my mind if something doesn’t sit well. And while I appreciate that about myself – there are times when I’ve regretted saying the truth. Maybe it’s because it came out harsher than I intended, or because the other person took it the wrong way, but I’ve been there.
Once I heard the no response saying, it kind of changed things for me. We’ve all had those situations where we know someone is looking for a reaction. Hitting back can feel good in the moment, but it usually ends up sparking some sort of regret. At least for me! So instead of giving that personal satisfaction and engaging in the negativity, what if you just didn’t respond?
Silence can say a lot more than words, and if you truly don’t feel like going into it – or you’ve already said it all – not responding might be the answer. At the least, wait to respond until you’ve had time to think about things (instead of instantly, which I used to do all the time).
This is a super quick LIVE WELL, but it’s one I was reminded of just last week. I felt so much better after not responding to the person clearly looking to spark an argument. It also felt like the mature thing to do. I had no regrets about what I said, and I’m sure the person felt kinda silly after saying something aggressive to no response.
Is there a time when you wish you hadn’t responded? Are you someone who already lives by this rule?