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  • Writer's pictureAnna Osadchyy

The Power of 'Sorry': Finding the Right Balance

Do you find yourself saying 'sorry' more often than you eat? 🗣️🤔 Or perhaps, you struggle to utter 'sorry' even when it’s clearly needed - tracking back to "it wasn't me"? 🤐 Whether you're an over-apologizer or someone who rarely admits faults, understanding the impact of this small yet powerful word is crucial. 🌟

For those who apologize too much, it might feel like you’re constantly trying to smooth things over, to the point where you might feel like you’re apologizing just for existing. 🍂👤 This can diminish your sense of self-worth and send a message that your presence and voice are less important. 📉

On the other hand, if saying 'sorry' is rare for you, consider the missed opportunities to mend fences and build stronger, more respectful relationships. Especially when dealing with those who may seem to have less authority, like employees, students, or children, acknowledging a mistake with a genuine apology can reinforce a culture of mutual respect and accountability. 🤝 With children especially, it teaches them that everyone makes mistakes, but what really matters is:

1️⃣ taking responsibility for your actions or words; and

2️⃣ learning from your mistakes. 🌱

➡️ Actionable Step: Reflect on your own 'sorry' usage. 🤔✍️

▫️If you apologize too often, challenge yourself to pause before saying it. Ask, "What am I really trying to communicate?" This helps ensure that when you do apologize, it’s meaningful and warranted. 🚫🔊

▫️If you find it difficult to apologize, try to take the first step as soon as possible. A simple, heartfelt 'sorry' to someone can be incredibly powerful, transforming relationships and building trust. 🌉❤️My only suggestion here is to start with something small.

Remember, 'sorry' holds power – use it wisely to genuinely connect, correct, and continue growing in your interactions. 🔄💬


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