I have to admit, being wrong and apologizing are not two of the things I am best at. Nor are they my favorites.
But if you always have to be right, you can’t actually receive contribution from anybody else!
I’ve been looking at this topic for years and getting better… and yet… when something was brought to my attention yesterday that I had done that really wasn’t cool, I still had the hardest time forming a true apology in my head.
I kept hearing myself sneak in reason and justifications into my apology about why I had done what I did. I noticed I wanted to say “I’m sorry but..” which is really to say, “It’s your fault” or “I’m not sorry.”
I’ve made a video about this not so favorite topic with some keys to keep in mind:
If you would like to create an apology, a true apology, one in which the energy of the conflict changes, there are a few key things to remember:
- Lower your barriers- push down anything that makes you want to protect or defend yourself. More on this
- Cut out all your reasons and justifications. It doesn’t matter why you chose to eat your dad’s pie or say something rude, the point is, you did it! “but” and “because” do not belong in a true apology.
- Try using the phrase “I’m sorry. I was wrong. What can I do to make up for the damage I’ve done?” If done sincerely, it is an incredibly powerful phrase.
While being wrong or apologizing is not necessarily fun, it’s sometimes required. Sometimes you are wrong— at least from their point of view.
I made my apology this morning. It wasn’t easy. But I’m still alive! And the space and lightness in my universe has expanded. I’m very grateful for this choice.
I may have a ways to go on this topic before my stomach stops churning with the thought I may be wrong. But I’m not willing to live being right and righteous and fighting for my point of view. I’m not willing to limit my own awareness and contribution in that way. So I’ll keep practicing.
Is there anything in your life you need to apologize for?
What would it create if you were willing to be wrong?