“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”
So, I'm taking another online class. My daughter groans when I announce that. She claims that I will be spouting off new vocabulary with all new definitions that no one understands. True, but I come out of each class with new insight and willingness to abandon bad behaviors. This month my class is entitled, "The Heartfelt Apology".
I plan to nurture a better way of saying "I'm sorry". I also plan to abandon some habits that de-rail my good intentions.
- Don't use the word but after I'm sorry
- Don't use an apology as a bargaining tool
- Don't over apologize to avoid criticism
- Don't apologize expecting an outcome
Sometimes abandoning limiting behavior is easy when we understand why we do what we do. Other times God eases the way, softening our hearts. The word apologize does not seem to be in the Kind James version of the scriptures. But a synonym "repent" is the main course in all the meals God serves.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts.
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