Imagine being in a group of people discussing a tragedy with somebody who just went through something terrible and at some point, they say something that triggers a memory of you and your stuffed animal as a kid. You temporarily care less about their story and HAVE to tell them about your beenie baby Paradot.
Your contribution will likely not be taken as humor and pale in comparison to the emotional weight of their story, especially to other people who were listening intently. You may feel as though the only way to contribute is to try and solve the problem by giving advice or by relating, but sometimes taking no action and LISTENING is the best way to contribute.
You must learn to suppress these urges to speak what’s on your mind in order to make your relationships richer.