I’m Sorry

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While the words I Love You may be the most important words in a relationship, the words I’m Sorry may be the most used. I just used the words this evening when I said to my dog, “I’m Sorry, but I have to clip your toe nails.” While I was not sorrowful that I had to clip my dog’s toe nails, many sorrows re coupled with “I’m sorry.”

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Here are some other quotes from kidadl.com:

  • “I’m sorry I was awful.” – Iris Murdoch
  • “I am sorry for what has happened…” – Susan Smith
  • “I am sorry to upset my colleagues…” – Kenneth Clarke
  • “I am sorry that I have had to leave so many problems unsolved.” – Bertrand Russell
  • “I’m sorry that I made you cry.” – John Lennon, ‘Jealous Guy’
  • “Chocolate says ‘I’m sorry’ so much better than words.” – Rachel Vincent

Of course there are the sarcastic statements also:

  • I’m sorry you’re such a jerk.
  • I’m sorry you couldn’t find a blouse to match that skirt.
  • I’m sorry you had such difficulty with your hair this morning.
  • I’m sorry that tie jumped out of the closet and choked you this morning.
  • I’m sorry I got caught.

In many respects it is easy to say, “I’m sorry.” It can be a way to pass the buck or point a finger. But it seldom gets to the root of the problem. What happened that you are sorry? Was it an accident? Did you act on poor advice? Was the pain inflicted… intentionally?

It seems I have said, “I’m sorry” so many times in my professional career. And most of the time it was the result of forgetfulness, laziness, or fear. When I admitted to an operational error, I would likely say, “You are correct, I did…”. The “I’m sorry” was more of an excuse while “I did…” was the deep recognition and admission of my error.

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So, today I will avoid saying, “I’m sorry I have been absent from writing on this blog.” Instead I will say, “You are correct, I have neglected bringing you new and interesting thoughts.” I won’t talk about life and how it gets in the way of what we want to do. I won’t say, “I’ve been too busy to write.” I won’t even say, “My children and the grand-kids are coming to visit in 3 weeks and the house is a mess.” Each of our days is constructed by the choices we make. I chose to not write. I chose to do other things.

Looking ahead, I realize there may be some lag in the regularity posts. This isn’t a job, it’s a passion. But, looking back on my life, I can’t say I have been truly passionate about much. Reality check: I want this to be a passion because I think I have important, useful, and fun things to share with you.

Recognizing I am now in ramble mode, I will bid you adieu. I have another post nearly ready for you and will strive to have it to you by the weekend. I appreciate each of you and hope you will continue to enjoy this blog and share it with your friends.

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