I was just reading “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” by Richard Carlson. He talks particularly about interrupting people and finishing their sentences. I do that so often, and I know how annoying it is to other people, and I have tried many times to stop. He explains that often busy people do it more, but it makes both parties feel rushed and anxious, and that learning to stop yourself not only improves your relationships, but makes you feel calmer and more settled, as well.
I made a new commitment to my husband to stop doing that. I’m generally an easy person to get along with, unless you’re an especially rude customer service person (in which case I’m your worst nightmare of the customer who calls your boss). But I do tend to jump in a lot.
Another thing I do, that my 13-year-old son hates, is guess out loud who did it in a crime show. I’ve started writing down my guess and giving it to my husband to hold. The reason my son hates it so much is that I’m almost always right. “How do you DO that?” I’m a writer. This is what I do. But I am trying to hold my tongue. Actually, tonight Jim and I were watching something, and he figured it out before I did…because I was running my mouth instead of paying attention 🙂
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