“Sorry seems to be the hardest word to say” - Elton John (1976)
Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes. However, no one wants to admit they are wrong. It’s hard to see ourselves in a less than positive light. Saying sorry may make us feel vulnerable and insecure. It may make us feel stupid or incompetent. Indeed, it takes a strong person to say they’re sorry. While some people view an apology as a sign of weakness, in reality, it is a sign of strength. Making excuses or placing the blame on someone or something else is the easy way out. Assuming the full weight of blame is difficult. While an apology can’t undo what has already been done, it can help salvage and rebuild a fractured relationship and trust. Saying “I’m sorry” denotes that you chose your relationship over your ego, that you respect the other person. Not all apologies will be accepted but you showed the other person that you accepted your own responsibility for the mistake. A sincere apology can liberate you from feelings of guilt and regret.