The tension was palpable in the car coming home from an evening out. I knew the question was coming and I was panicked thinking about how to avoid getting into it. The smart thing would be to say “Let’s not discuss that now especially after such a lovely dinner.” It would be so simple to say that.
For anyone but me.
I just can’t keep my mouth shut. Especially when I feel so strongly about something. If I’m asked, I answer.
I have no experience keeping anybody guessing about what I’m thinking.
And so of course, I reply. And after a glass of wine too many, the words fly out of my mouth unfiltered.
And so the next day I feel awful. I have to make amends. I apologize. I am not forgiven.
My lament comes from Jessica Whitmore’s 5 Reasons Slice today.
5 Reasons to Keep your Mouth Shut
1. If you know opening your mouth gets you into trouble, better off staying mum.
2. "It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open one's mouth and remove all doubt." ~ Mark Twain
3. You learn more by listening.
4. Words can't be retracted.
5. "The best way to solve a problem is by opening your heart and not your mouth."
~ someone I'm not sure of