What do YOU do when you say something wrong? Whether it just comes out wrong and you meant something different, or you meant to say something and it comes out in a way you don’t intend?
A family member of mine has a great sense of humor, but sometimes their jokes are not appropriate for the situation. A humorous example would be telling someone that their dish would taste great with a little bacon as a guest at a Passover meal. Although this family member has never actually done this, I know them well enough that I could actually see this happen.
I’m sure I don’t have to explain why this would be tactless on two levels, but just in case…one it’s tactless because you never want to insult your hosts cooking, and two, suggesting pork as an added ingredient in this type of situation would be, well… beyond awful.
If your comment is bad enough, I suggest apologizing and then trying to rephrase it in hopes of rectifying the situation.
If there’s no way to remove your foot from your mouth tactfully, the only way that I know how to do this is to boldly brazen it out. After years of working with her, one of my favorite bosses gave me a beautiful silver pin that had two words on it “forever fearless.” She gave me what was to her a huge compliment saying that she had never met anyone as unafraid as I was. I hope it wasn’t an example like this that made her think of it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was part of it – LOL.
At the end of the day, we’re not always going to be successful at saying the right things at the right time, but we’re all humans and we all make mistakes. Especially in our own unique ways. And if you’re just having a week of saying the wrong things at the wrong times in all the wrong ways, I think all you can do is tough it out and hope that the right words come back to you!
Wishing you less open mouth, insert foot, and more insert foot, no mouth, no microwave???… wait… I don’t think I’m saying this right….