I love this quote. I heard it a few years ago and it really made me think. (Are you noticing a theme with these weekly quotes?) Make sure you taste your words before you spit them out. Before you say something, be sure that what you’re about to say is kind. Be sure before you say something, it is something you won’t need to take back. Think to yourself, if someone said this to me, how would I feel? You have heard the expression “Sticks and stone can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”. It is funny when I think back to when I was a kid I thought that was true. But as we get older we realize that words can hurt more than sticks and stones and the damage can last a whole lot longer.
So often it’s easy to say the first thing that comes to mind, but how many times have you said something and wished you could take it back? In my adult life- it’s taken a while- I have realized that it isn’t always necessary to respond to someone right away-especially in a tension filled conversation. A lot of times it is a better idea to wait; to let it sit overnight and then respond. By then, I have had enough time to try to see things from both sides and not necessarily respond in anger. Sure, I may still be angry, but my response will be better thought out (at least I hope!)
None of us are perfect. We will always make mistakes, but my hope is this post will make you think twice before responding to someone in anger. Sit back and think about it for a bit; then respond. It will be better for everyone involved, I am sure.