So this morning you were all Jedi with two wrapping paper tubes and you nearly took my breast off with one big swipe.
ME: (really having a problem with you) OW!
YOU: (shuffling nervously, unsure of this emotion from me)
ME: LOOK HERE! That really hurt and I didn’t like it. You should say that you’re sorry.
Let me tell you here, that I was not at all expecting a reply. I figured it was asking you to parallel park my car.
And with that, I’d forgotten about the breast that you’d knocked into a lung.
People forget the power to simply admit when you are wrong. In fact, it’s refreshing when a confident person takes that confidence to a new level by apologizing when he makes a mistake.
And I’ll give you the other side of that … a sincere apology can be a game ender. Denial can prolong the fight, rather than defuse it. Direct eye contact and, “Hey. I did say that that. But I’m sorry that I said it, and I’m sorry it got back to you - I didn’t want to hurt your feelings but I did. I’ll think twice before I let things that could hurt someone as nice as you. Again, I’m so sorry.”
You learned to apologize today and I couldn’t be happier. It was one of the best lessons that i have ever taught you.