Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Open mouth, insert foot

I always do this to myself. I speak before I think. I vocalize what I should only think. Today is no exception.

At the end of the day, I made a comment...I'm not really sure why, but I did.

Twenty minutes later, a person somewhat involved with the comment walked into my room. It was odd to see her, since I haven't seen her lately, but I wondered why she was in my room. Oh stupid me.

Thankfully, she honors our friendship enough to call me out on my stupid comment. Thankfully, she loves me enough to question why I would say what I did. Thankfully, she has the grace to forgive me.

While it was humbling to receive the correction, I am thoroughly ashamed that my words hurt two amazing people who I dearly love, honor, and admire. I can only move forward. Tomorrow I have the choice to stop and think before I speak. The bigger question is, how do I do that?


Stacey said...

Would an apology, in writing, help to smooth things out? If so, I'd say go for it; humble yourself and apologize formally.

Wanda Brown said...

I feel your pain...my fingers did my talking in a reply to an email, only it went to the wrong place. I apoligized profusely but know there is a bit of damage that will not get undone. We all have done it and will probably do it again. I plan on remembering if I am the receiver of an unkind comment to forgive and move on.

Anonymous said...

How nice that your foot was extracted by a friend and not a foe! The leather was nicely tenderized by her feelings for you!

Bonnie K said...

I learned the hard way to never respond with emotion when possible especially using email.

For me, it's better to walk away...

Anonymous said...

It is always a good thing when we can learn from our mistakes.