Yesterday before I even realized what I was saying, I let the above words slip from my lips. I volunteer at a senior center on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and yesterday morning the driver who delivers meals to the center was late. As a result, all the volunteers and the manager were a little on edge and in the midst of all the edginess, I snapped at the manager with those words after she told me I was wrong about something.
Luckily for me, I don’t think she heard me. Maybe I said it under my breath or maybe I didn’t and she chose to ignore it as a comment that was said “in the heat of the moment.” Regardless, afterward, I felt bad about it, but not bad enough to go tell her I was sorry, because I wasn’t sure if she heard me and if she didn’t, I sure as…well, heck…didn’t want to tell her that I had hurled those words in her direction.
It did make me realize I need to think before I speak…and also not let “the heat of the moment” get to me.
Take a deep breath.
It will all work out. People will get their meals when they get them.
You can only do one thing at a time.
Those are among the things that I have to remember next time – as well as getting something to eat before I go into volunteer. Not that it’s an excuse, but I think that “excuse the hell out of me” might have been my stomach talking: “Feed me, Seymour.”
Have you ever said something you immediately regretted? If so, how did you deal with the aftermath or did you just let it slide like I did?