Tangled 'Lines'

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Advantage

   Have you ever wished that your words were like a fishing line? 

     Ever cast your line only to find that it ended up far from its intended target? Perhaps dangling from that low hanging branch you were so sure you could avoid? I would imagine that anyone who has ever gone fishing has had this happen at least once.

      This can happen with our words as well.  

     Have you ever had something come out of your mouth that you wished you could reel back in quickly, before anyone noticed? It seems that sometimes our mouths work much, much faster than our brains. We hear our own words spill out of our mouths and then wish immediately we could take them back. . Perhaps it wasn’t even the words that were the problem, maybe you just used a tone of voice that was much harsher than you intended. I bet anyone with children can relate to that.  Maybe we’ve had a bad day or are just in a rotten mood for whatever reason.  

     Unfortunately, once the words are out, they’re out. Dangling from that tree for all the world to see. You can’t reel it back in. Your bad day doesn’t really matter any more. So how do we avoid situations like this?  What do we do if we slip up and say something in the  heat of the moment that could have been worded differently or was better left unsaid at all?

     I would love to hear from some of you on how you avoid these situations, or how you have handled it if you’ve found yourself in this situation in the past.

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Rainer
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I find myself doing that with my children more than clients.  And trust me, I feel a million times worse when I speak in anger/frustration to the boys.

I try to really be "in the moment" when speaking to them.  But it's not always easy...

October 19, 2007 08:36 PM
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Jennifer Hartwick
Coldwell Banker Tatie Payne, Inc.
Open mouth and insert foot.  Happens to me more often than I would care to admit.  Also sometimes when I'm nervous I start to blab and I just can't stop.  I need to slow down, listen more and think before I talk.  Easier said than done sometimes!
October 20, 2007 09:03 PM
Rainer
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Sarah Cooper
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Where'd you go, girl?  

Wanna go to C Gallery for lunch? :) Call me!!!

February 22, 2008 04:21 PM
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Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator
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Thanks for the great advice. I will check back often. I really like the blog. I am new at blogging but I am beginning to learn quite a bit from reading blogs like the ones I find on Active Rain. If I can ever be of help just visit my blog or my website: http://yournowwhat.com   

                                                                 Thanks, Terry

November 21, 2008 12:13 AM
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Damon Gettier
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Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert

Thanks for the blog Melissa,

Not trying to put a religious tone to the blog, but it makes me think of a Bible verse my mom used to through at me.  "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks"

I think that if we worked on filling our hearts/minds with positive or optimistic information, then we could cut down on the hurtful things we say sometimes.  Not that it solves everything, cause we all are only human.

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