It's sad, so sad. It's a sad, sad situation. ... Sorry seems to be the hardest word.
- Elton John
Speaking of sorry, my sweetheart and I had a misunderstanding this past weekend ... make that, a foolish argument. Thought you were the only ones, eh?
Seriously though, have you ever taken a look back at an argument you've had with someone you really care about only to discover that the real reason you were upset had more to do with you than with what the other person did or did not do? This is exactly what happened in my case. I was frustrated and looking to blame it on someone and he happened to be the perfect scapegoat. The fact is the circumstances had nothing to do with him ... these were my issues. Sound familiar?
So what do you do after you have come to this realization, you ask? Two words: you apologize. And that's exactly what I did.
Unfortunately, there are those who refuse to say sorry. Why is that? Is it because they're stubborn? Afraid to appear weak? Find it beneath them? Believe things are even now? Assume the other party–their partner, for example– will know they didn't mean it?
Those who maintain that "love is never having to say you're sorry" are putting their relationship at risk. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Taking responsibility for your actions and showing respect for the other person's feelings are loving gestures and are essential to the success of any relationship. Is there someone special in your life who needs to hear two words from you? Sorry needn't be the hardest word.
“An apology is a good way to have the last word.”
- Author unknown
Until next time, have a great two weeks!
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