Apology Expected?

December 15, 2022
LaRee Florence

Even if someone expects an apology from us we are not obligated to give one unless we feel inclined to do so. It would be egregious to accept the responsibility for all of the disappointment and heartache of others. We can though acknowledge other’s suffering without accepting responsibility for it. And when we are in error, we can thank others for their understanding and patience with us and we can Let Go & Play and say the words that allow us to do a reset and start again with greater understanding and awareness. Finally to mend relationships we need to Look Outward and attempt to make amends when we have been the cause, either knowingly or unwittingly of another's suffering.

Play of the Week: When someone in your circle of relationships is disappointed in your behavior, be it a conscious choice or something you had no control over, Let Go & Play and Look Outward and apologize using these steps.

  1. Acknowledge the other person’s suffering.
  2. Thank them for anything they did for you such as exercising patience or picking up the extra work. 
  3. Apologize with “I’m sorry” then add what you did to cause the other’s discomfort even if it’s out of your control.
  4. Offer to make amends to offset any discomfort or suffering you caused.

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