Acting is action that stems from a place of freedom, intention, and desire.
Reacting is action that stems from a place of defense, denial, and pride.
If life feels like an obligation, a series of tasks you have to do (or else), full of shoulds and oughts, you're entirely reacting to life.
The emotions responsible for fueling a reactive lifestyle span the fear-based spectrum of frustration, guilt, and anxiety, to name a few.
And of course, fearful emotions inherently rise from an attachment to painful experiences that you're subconsciously identifying with.
In other words, you're confusing who you are with what's happened to you.
This false interpretation of reality lends itself to the confines of reactivity, anger, and shame.
If you can dare to see yourself apart from the unpleasant encounters of your past; there you will discover the wellsprings of peaceful, loving, and joyous acting.
"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32