The Power Of An Apology

When you say or do something offensive in your anger,there is great power in immediately admitting it and telling the concerned person or authority that you are sorry. An apology is not a sign of weakness ; it is a sign of strength and healthy authority. It's also great role modelling. Saying sorry is one of the best ways to model healthy communication. Someone once said, "An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair most anything." So be proactive , and apologize when needed.

Expressing regret is the emotional component of an apology - the " I'm sorry" is admitting that you've hurt someone and that you're hurting too because you have caused him or her pain.

Accepting responsibility is often overlooked by every offender, but it is a necessary one for a successful apology. Regardless of whether the hurt was intentional, accepting responsibility means saying, " I was wrong. It was my fault."

Making restitution is the language that takes the apology to another level by asking, " What can I do to make this wrong right?" it demonstrates the willingness to take action to bring healing to the relationship.

Repentance acknowledges that you don't want the offence to happen again, and that you will take all the necessary steps within your power to see that it does not reoccur. This requires making and implementing a plan.

Requesting forgiveness is asking, " Will you forgive me for what i have done to hurt you?" reflects the spiritual nature of your apology. The person you have hurt may choose not to forgive you. You can't force forgiveness, but asking for it is the right thing to do. Whether the person chooses to forgive or not is his or her responsibility, not yours.