Civility and manners,  Communication

Insensitive remarks

“I have never been hurt by what I have not said.” ~Calvin Coolidge

All of us are guilty of blurting insensitive remarks or sharing information we shouldn’t — usually without realizing it. We might say something off the top of our heads without thinking how someone else might interpret it.

I can’t forget the time my elderly mother (who had a hearing problem) loudly declared in a restaurant that some people are “too fat.” (At the time, she was trying to lose weight herself.) Of course, a couple of very large people were seated at the table next to us — and I’m sure they heard my mother’s rude proclamation. I wanted to dive under the tablecloth.

It’s easy to get tangled in our own verbiage — and sometimes it takes nothing short of a public relations specialist to smooth things out. In today’s quote, we’re reminded that it’s wise to weigh our words carefully before we set them free. Or keep them to ourselves. ~CL

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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