Knowing when to shut up and actually doing it. I have a lot of time for this hard-to-learn skill!
As a child, I was the only one of my Mother's four children who could cause riots with their mouth. At 7 or 8 I was once left at the dinner table with my older (19 years my senior) brother's girlfriend and decided that that scenario would be peak timing to tell her that "my Mummy thinks you're a witch". Not sure "witch" was the right word, but it's a great memory. If 'putting your foot in it' was a GCSE, I'd have easily got an A*. I was truly talented in that arena.
I grew out of that quite quickly (thankfully) but I really feel as though I've recently mastered the ability to keep my mouth fully shut and at the right times. I've certainly become a million times more considered in my responses. If communicating during difficult circumstances, I've learned to be careful and measured in what I say and it's a skill that I really value now that I'm slowly cruising towards the end of my twenties.
Knowing when to shut up and actually doing it "You can't go around whining about every other thing that seems not-so-right to you in this world," writes Roshna Nazir. "Sometimes you just need to shut up." There are many instances when keeping to yourself is the best course. "When we are angry, upset, agitated, or vexed," Anwesha Jana writes, "we blurt out anything and everything that comes to our mind." And later, you tend to regret it. Keeping your mouth shut when you're agitated is one of the most valuable skills to learn, and of course, one of the most difficult.