How often do we assume someone else’s reaction and act as if they feel the way we think they will or do?
We have the power to be aware and to always check our assumptions.
Instead of thinking “he is angry with me” we might ask “you appear angry, is it something that I did?”. Instead of thinking “they will be so upset, how can I cover it up,” it is probably better to say “I did this thing, what can I do to make it right.”
They might be upset, but they will probably appreciate your candor and good will. If not, at least it is an honest conversation instead of one based on assumptions.