Let’s talk about “I’m Sorry”. In 1970, Ali McGraw proclaimed the seemingly true statement, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” The popularity of the movie and the tenderness of this “Love Story” made this seem so true. Really? Is this true? In my experience it is actually a great relational skill to be able to apologize sincerely and to accept an authentically sincere apology in order to build a path to a closer more trusting relationship.
I know folks who find it very difficult to express their sorrow for wrong doing and those who have never accepted the apology of a friend, co-worker or family member.
First, let’s talk about some of the ways we try to say we are sorry. There is the tone of voice, the body language and facial expressions. Then there is the deeper motivation for even admitting the wrong doing that comes from the heart condition. I have known people who say… “I said I was sorry, what more do you want?”