“Speak when you are angry – and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” -Dr. Laurence J. Peter
I have this friend who is quick on his feet. He is smart and witty…he always knows what to say on the spot! (You know who you are! 😘)
That’s not me. 😏 If I open my mouth too soon the wrong thing comes out! (I’m the person who thinks of the perfect response days later. 😐)
Number 3 on my list is the “2 Day Rule”.
I’ve learned that if I am really upset I should wait 2 days (at least!) before responding. Usually I’ve calmed down a bit, can think more clearly, and can express my thoughts in a way I won’t regret.
If you are like me it’s not always easy to hold your tongue when you want to say something. (I just think it instead. 😜)
And then like those rock tumblers we had when we were kids, I roll that thought around and polish it up before I let it out. I’m less likely to regret my words down the road.
I’ve learned…the 2 day rule!
I used to be the kind of person who looked forward. Not the good way. But the “I can’t wait until my kids are out of diapers” way. The “I can’t wait until the holidays are over” or the “I can’t wait until school ends/starts” way. You get it.
I was the person who was on the “train of life” impatiently waiting for the next stop; always thinking what was around the corner would be better or easier in some way.
But then a very wise woman (I’m looking at you Mrs Cam!) told me something years ago that changed my life. She said there is something wonderful about every age of life. It’s wonderful when you are a newlywed. It’s wonderful when your kids are small. It’s wonderful when they grow and become more independent. It’s wonderful when they leave home and it’s just you and your husband again. It’s wonderful spending time with grandchildren. Every age has something to love!!
In those stages and all the others, life is wonderful! It goes by quick! While there is nothing wrong with looking forward to the next stop on the train, I needed to stop and enjoy the view out the window.
Because pretty soon it would be gone and the train doesn’t go back.
I learned…there’s something wonderful about every age!