“If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it. Write it in the sand near the water’s edge.”
—Napoleon Hill, 20th Century American self-help Author
Holding one’s tongue is pretty difficult to do, literally and figuratively. In both cases, it can be slippery and make you look bad, or at least silly.
Awareness of our inner voices can provide a few seconds of buffer time before we put those views or opinions on an external speaker. In many cases, prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure.
The same is often true for e-mail and especially texting, given the rapid turn-around on these forms of communication.
Where would waiting and allowing more time to pass before you speak or communicate through the written word enhance and improve your personal and professional relationships?