Never forget what man says to you when he is angry.
Henry Ward Beecher
Do we speak the truth when we are angry? We are always quick to say, “I really didn’t mean it,” and we may even try to make amends for our thoughtlessness. But people, especially children, rarely forget what was said to them in anger.
Angry words hurt and mark people. Even if our parents didn’t really mean it, those angry voices and words are still with us. We often come to believe that our parents didn’t love us or respect us; otherwise, how could they have said those angry things that still hurt?
We will always have moments of anger. But we can think twice before letting anger dictate our speech. Words can hurt and people remember.
Say with me:
I know I will sometime feel angry, but I want to be sure that what I say is honest because people may take me at my word.