In Italian, there is a saying that, loosely translated, states, “Don’t spit.”
What it means is that when you are in a room, “don’t spit” on the ceiling because you never know when you will need to go back in that room.
Think about it.
How many times have we lost our temper or been frustrated with someone, and responded in a way that may have permanently damaged our relationship?
It is easy to do and very difficult to reverse.
The key point is to never respond out of anger or frustration in a way that could permanently damage any relationship. We never know when that relationship may be important in the future.
Perhaps the wisest advice I ever received on simple anger management was from my grandmother, who told me many times, “Greg, you need to count to 10 before you talk.”
There are times we all need to count to 10 before we talk, so “don’t spit” on ceilings.