Metaphorically speaking, in real life, when you deal with situations. There are some where you have to react, but with most of them a reaction is not exactly healthy. It would benefit if you take time to respond. Think about it, if you are currently feeling stressed, one of the key reasons would be how you dealt with a situation. If you had take more time (and there is always time) you might have handled it in a different and more effective way. Alas, our education is such that we are taught and trained to react. If we answer quickly we get appreciation. This may be okay in a classroom environment, but not in daily life. A wise man responds usually not right away.