A strong and proud person in my life taught me the power of these words, I’m sorry. These words were particularly inspiring as they taught me self-reflection, humility, and taking responsibility. Moreover, I realized that being on the receiving end of an apology I had a role to play to welcome, honour the person attempting to reconcile. My words in acknowledging, accepting, and possibly forgiving were part of the complex process of reconciliation.
Ironic isn’t it, that we have all experienced the pain of hurtful words yet, we can so easily forget what it feels to be on the receiving end when our egos need for recognition, power, and righteousness takes hold. BUT, we can use these experiences of being on the receiving end or watching situations with hurting words as lessons that teach us empathy. We all know too well how hurtful words can be, so let’s use them as positive reminders as to how not to treat others.