It’s okay to say, “I’m sorry.”
There are times in life when our decisions and actions hurt others. There are times when it is unintentional and other times well, let’s just say, we can surprise ourselves at just how mean we can really be.
Am I the only person out there guilty of this? Can you remember a time when your actions and words just came out all wrong? Then someone’s feelings unintentionally got hurt. Once it comes to your attention it can make you feel really bad about yourself.
How many of us actually do something about it? Feeling bad about it is one thing, doing something to correct the misunderstanding is another. It takes a big person to reach out and genuinely say “I’m sorry”.
It’s important to clear the air. How many relationships or friendships have died because of something that was said or done? We sometimes underestimate the power of the spoken word. Once we’ve said it, there’s no going back but we can try to atone for them.
How many of us have ended friendships over ‘he said, she said‘ ? We sometimes withdraw from people or may react negatively toward them without discussing how what we heard made us feel. We become judge and juror all at the same time without allowing the person an opportunity to confirm or deny. Is that really fair?
Let’s not forget, that we are all sensitive beings that can be affected by anyone who at the right moment, equipped with the right words, could strike the right nerve that triggers a volcanic eruption of emotions. No one is perfect. We are all guilty of being insensitive at one point or another.
I know some of you are probably saying, “So I can’t say anything anymore because I may offend someone?” No, I’m not saying that, all I’m saying is that sometimes we need to be mindful of what we are saying and how we are saying it. Be clear. Be concise. Never hurtful, unless you are looking for and are prepared for the possible reaction.
Words have the power to make or break friendships and relationships. Never underestimate the power of your words.
So, how are you going to use your words today?
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