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Accepting Apologies

October 4, 2013

…is something that doesn’t happen nearly often enough.

Instead we tend to dismiss, deflect, or negate them.  “That’s okay.”  “Don’t worry about it.”  “It’s nothing.”

In all of these cases, the meta-conversation is:

I feel sorry for this.”

Well don’t.”

We tend to think we are being kind when we do this, but what we are actually doing is interrupting the other person’s communication, and subtly telling them they are wrong for feeling the way they do.

How easy is it, when someone offers an apology, to do them the small favor of acknowledging their truth by accepting it?  It doesn’t cost us a thing, and it allows them to feel heard.  So the next time you hear the two words “I’m sorry”, see how it feels to answer with “I accept”.

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