Foot in your mouth
We’ll start with a joke:
A man with a black eye boards his plane bound for Pittsburgh and sits down in his seat. He immediately notices that the guy next to him also has a black eye.
He says to him, “Hey this is a coincidence: we both have black eyes. Mind if I ask how you got yours?”
So the guy tells him: “Well, it just happened. It was a tongue twister accident. I was at the ticket counter and this gorgeous blonde with the biggest breasts in the world was there. So, instead of saying: I’d like a ticket to Pittsburgh, I said: I’d like a picket to Tittsburgh. Then she socked me a good one.”
The first guy responded, “That’s amazing. Mine was a tongue twister accident, too. I was at the breakfast table with my wife. I meant to say, Could you please pass me the cereal, but I accidentally said: You self-centered bitch, you’ve ruined my life!”
Ever put your foot in your mouth? In the sense that you meant to say one thing, but what came out of your mouth sounded totally different? You didn’t mean to say anything offensive or hurtful, but afterwards it became obvious you actually made some damage?
Speaking from a man’s point of view, I’ll freely admit I’ve done that more times than I care to remember. Big feet in my mouth! (In my native Danish, we call it “stepping in the spinach patch”).
Then what do you do?
Well, for one, you start out by apologizing and stating the obvious. “I’m so sorry, that’s came out all wrong. That is not what I meant to say at all”. Sure, that may not repair all the damage, but it’s a damn good start. You then can make the request to start the repair immediately by saying, “Would you be willing to hear what I really meant to say?”
Watch the video.
Then share in the comments when you’ve put your foot in your mouth, and what happened!