Practicing the art of thinking quickly in any given situation rather than opening one’s mouth as the thoughts are still beginning to mull about in the mind is way to insure, as best you can, against saying something you might regret. In doing this, you also have time to ask yourself, is a verbal reaction from me necessary?
In other words, pick your battles. Choose to place your energy in situations that benefit you and build a more positive scenario for others around you. I’m reminded of the scene in You’ve Got Mail, where Meg Ryan’s character is in the coffee shop waiting for her anonymous chat room friend to arrive. Her tongue becomes a whip and rapidly spouts out accurate, yet hurtful comebacks to Tom Hank’s character that, while well stated, were something she later regretted.