The most precious real estate on earth sits between stimulus and response. Most treat this space as a “no-man’s land” and refuse to inhabit it for either fear or uncertainty, if they take note of it at all. They close their eyes, hold their breath and scurry across it, completely unaware of the fact that the power of choice can only be exercised in this interstice.
This space, between stimulus and response, is the nexus of free will. Found only in its borders is the opportunity to exercise free will and thereby choose a response to the stimulus, rather than reacting animalistically, mindlessly, automatically. Simply relying on “gut” reactions is a fool’s errand, for gut reactions (which are actually more a matter of the heart than the gut) must be tempered by the mind if there is to be wise decision-making and subsequent growth.
The “many mansions” spoken of in the Bible are built in this space. To move in to this mansion you must be diligent in the care of your heart. A troubled heart is the direct result of the disregard of the opportunity present in this space. Seize the opportunity, choose a response rooted in dignity, love and truth, and receive the keys to the mansion prepared for you in this and every moment.