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Proactive vs. Reactive

A young son and his father were walking in the mountains. The father said, “Why don’t you yell and see if anyone is out there?”

So the little boy yelled, “Helllooooooo. . .”

To his surprise, he hears a voice answering, “Helllooooooo. . .”


Curious, he yells back, "Who are you?"

He receives the answer: "Who are you?"


Angered at the response, he screams: "You’re an idiot!"

He hears the reply: "You’re an idiot!"


He looks to his father and asks, "What's going on?"

The father explained that he’s hearing an echo, and whatever he says will be repeated back to him. Then the dad yelled into the valley, “I think you’re great!”

The voice answers, “I think you’re great!”


The father turned to his son and explained: "The way you talk to others is a lot like this echo.  If you’re angry and yell at them, they will yell back.  But if you will say nice things to them, they will respond in the same way to you.” --Author Unknown

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