What if, as an experiment, whenever you opened your mouth to speak, you stopped...
about the effect your words might have
about how what you say might be heard
about how you would feel in the listener’s place
Most of the time, even after thinking, you’d probably continue to speak. And it would be ok.
But maybe... sometimes... the thoughts you had about the words you were about to say might motivate you...
to say something kinder or gentler
or, to say nothing at all
I might just give it a try.