When was the last time you said something you regretted? Has it been a while? Or can you count the number of days (hours) on one hand? And how about that email comment you wish you could unsend? Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. You’ve probably heard that childhood saying. It’s a lie. Disagree? Just ask the person on the receiving end of your most recent regrettable remark.
Perhaps you were angry and reacted with the first thing that popped into your head. Let’s face it, there’s nothing like delivering a zinger when you’re really ticked off, right? However, unless you’re an antisocial dork or a reality TV show star, you usually wind up wishing you had bitten your tongue.
First, let’s be clear about one thing: This post was my wife’s idea. She is one of the area’s foremost orthodontists (shameless plug #1) and a wonderful spouse (shameless plug #2). As a professional who has been in practice for 25 years, she is a good source of ideas for this blog.
Following an attack of killer premenstrual syndrome (PMS) one day, my wife suggested that both men and women need to be more sensitive to the harmful effect this condition can have on workplace relationships (not to mention domestic relationships). I agree. Thankfully, PMS is no longer a personal issue for my wife.
Yes, PMS is a sensitive subject, the mere mention of which may seem out of place in a business blog and may cause some apprehension among readers. However, this blog has established a reputation for boldly going where no blog has gone before. Besides, I wince at the thought of ignoring my wife’s suggestion.