Do you need to say it?

“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.” — George Eliot

Saying the first thing that comes into your head is rarely a good approach.

I should know because it’s got me into trouble on more occasions than I care to remember.

Instead, a better approach is to hold the thought that gives rise to the articulation, hold it some more and see what arises — in the moment and the conversation.

In the process, you might also find out more about you and the ‘issue’ at large.