According to The Experts …

Okay, So I learned today that either I suck at saying “I’m sorry” or the experts are crazy as Hell.

According to all the so called “experts,” a sincere apology should include five things.

1) A brief description of what happened ( the event).
2) Your role and how you acted ( Did you roll eyes? Use sarcasm? Have the nerve to disagree?)
3) Acknowledge your role in the event (take responsibility).
4) Tell what you wish you had done instead (???)
5) Ask for forgiveness, and promise it won’t happen again! (Probably not happening).

And the world will be a better place, the birds will sing, and the sun will shine! Not exactly!

See, apparently, so I learned today, the 1st step of describing the event can be interpreted as rehashing, describing what happened or justification. Funny thing about recollections; apparently, we weren’t even in the same room much less same place!  In fact, things went from bad to worse and even more animated as I found myself saying “I did not!”.

After 30 minutes attempting to apologize, our battle ended with this exchange.

“Forget it, I’m trying to apologize, and you won’t let me.”

“You’re not trying to apologize, you’ve spent the last half hour trying to convince me that you were right.”

From where I’m standing, I’d say the experts are crazy as Hell.

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2 thoughts on “According to The Experts …

  1. This is what happens when the “experts” complicate a simple process. I talk about forgiveness–giving and receiving–almost every day in my counseling office. It’s not complicated. What is complicated is overcoming our resistance to acknowledging fault and actually saying the words, “Will you forgive me.” Sometimes it’s even harder to say, “Yes, I forgive you.”

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