I don’t like to get upset or raise my voice, but I — like everyone — get peeved from time to time. When that happens, though, I don’t want to say something I’ll later regret, or hurt anyone’s feelings.
I was talking with a friend the other day who shares the same views (mostly), and he said that when he’s pushed to the brink, he just says “shut your mouth.” He chose the phrase because of the lack of swear words, and because it’s not directly calling anyone names, or ragging on their family, etc. It just gets to the point.
Of course, most people who are all riled up aren’t going to stop just because you say that, but I think he’s on to something. It gives you the satisfaction of ‘letting off steam,’ but still keeps your integrity intact.
So the next time I think things are headed in that direction, I’m just going to tell whoever to “shut your mouth” and walk away.
by Tommy R. Panagopolis
Residential Life Magazine