A Real Apology

This morning, I observe my husband mediate between our two very angry daughters. One finally agrees to apologize to the other.

“I’m sorry, but. . . “

“No,” he interrupts.”Real apologies don’t have ‘buts’.”

Each time she tries to apologize, she adds in the justification for her actions. She follows with the but. She’s quick to blame even in the midst of the apology.

Don’t we all? Indeed.

It’s true. If we’re going to apologize, we have to own it. We cannot have any excuses.  

No buts.

Isn’t it so hard to apologize?


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