Respect Tip: Say, “I’m Sorry” When Necessary

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:16+00:00 October 11th, 2011|Categories: Respect Tips|Tags: , |Comments Off on Respect Tip: Say, “I’m Sorry” When Necessary

I have a habit of saying “sorry” all the time. I am not sure why. I wonder if it has something to do with growing up female in this society or that I lived in London for a time and people are always saying “sorry” when they bump into you on the tube. Or could it be that I’m overly emotional?

Whatever the reason, saying, “I’m sorry” when necessary is probably a better tactic. Admitting when we are wrong is a tough action for many of us. It may seem that we are weak or that we don’t have empathy, if we can’t say “I’m sorry.”

While the latter may be true, the former most certainly is not. There is nothing weak about admitting you were wrong or that you unnecessarily hurt someone. It actually shows that you have the integrity to acknowledge your flaws and make up for them. And that’s what makes us human becomings instead of simply human beings, right?

What you can do

Have you been involved in a situation that you need to sincerely apologize for? It’s never too late to say, “I’m sorry.” Sometime this week, seek out that person you have wronged and apologize. You might be surprised how you will feel afterward and how other the person treats you in the future.

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About the Author:

Melanie Sklarz
Melanie Sklarz was the the web content and social media coordinator as well as the lead blog writer for the RespectfulWorkplace.com website. She has a MA in Women’s Studies from the Ohio State University. For more information, visit melaniesklarz.com.