When I can't find what I deem to be the right words, I default to prefacing my thoughts with statements like:
At its core, this is a defense mechanism.
The pro is that I'm not holding my thoughts captive; I'm sharing them. An idea can be world-changing, but it is worth nothing if no one hears it.
The con? I'm getting in my own way.
Looking back, I see that these statements add no value. While they may create relief for me temporarily, they serve no purpose in delivering my message.
Looking ahead, I am making an effort to catch myself and pause. Those few seconds in silence, while brief, are powerful. It is just enough to take a breath, collect myself, and speak with poise and clarity.