Every little thing we do, say or think, every thought we brood over, every emotion we harbour adds to the weight. You may not be able to entirely empty your boat, but don’t keep it overloaded either. Heavy objects sink faster!
What is the value of life? Everyone as per his status, his knowledge, and his capacity shall put a different value of life.
Bhagavatam was perhaps the first document to come out with the theory of evolution from fish to man, similar to Darwin’s theory, except that the Hindu concept of evolution was also about eventual enlightenment.
Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of, poised and save a situation from going out of hands. Thus, to avoid cracks in relationship, to avoid taking decisions in anger or anxiety, to avoid stress or hurry, to have a calm personality — stop reacting, start responding.