Keep strong emotions away from send buttons

I was very angry. And rightly so.

So I wrote a stinging email to my manager. When I finished writing, my fingers were cramped. Smoke came out of my ears. On the screen I saw my anger in all its glory.

Just when I wanted to press send, I hesitated.

I breathed in and I breathed out.

What would happen after sending this email?

I would be relieved. But also worried about what I had written. And probably misunderstood by my manager.

After a long pause, I took the email, crumpled it up and threw it in the digital wastebasket.

Since then, I have a simple rule to protect myself: Keep strong emotions away from Send buttons.