Day 259: Thoughts about “I’m Sorry.”

Here are some thoughts about the phrase, “I’m sorry,” this morning.

  • I said that to my sister yesterday, regarding some things I had done in the past. I could tell she thought those words were unnecessary, because this was similar to the look on her face.


(Note: this image comes up in response to the word “bafflement.”)

  • I wrote that phrase on Facebook yesterday, in response to an unexpected loss for an old friend.
  • My first year at college, I was describing something upsetting that had happened to me, and my roommate, Marcia, said that phrase to me. I was puzzled (never hearing it used that way, before), and I replied, “Why? It’s not your fault.”
  • I think I hear women saying that phrase more than I hear men, especially in this situation: negotiating space issues with strangers while walking around in public.
  • About a decade ago, in a therapy group, I gave the assignment of keeping track of how often one said that phrase, over the course of one week. (I was later told that was a helpful assignment.)

I’m sorry to have to tell you that I need to end this post.

But first, another Google Image:


(Two thoughts about that photo: (1) I should probably order that card from and (2) that reminded me I need to eat some friggin’ thing, NOW.)

Thanks to my sister, to Marcia, to anybody who has ever said, “I’m sorry” (for any reason), and to you, for reading today.

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17 thoughts on “Day 259: Thoughts about “I’m Sorry.”

  1. haha — here in Canada, saying, “Sorry” is a national addiction!

  2. Robert Weir

    as, Louise, it is in Scotland

    Britain as a whole, indeed, but less so as one goes south methinks (in Britain that would be)

    sorry to say that!

    but generalisation is dangerous, for me at any rate

    irony is also a national pastime

    I like this as an assignment

  3. To say ‘sorry you cannot see’ (= sympathy); ‘sorry you feel so bad’ (= empathy); ‘sorry i hurt you’ (=guilt); ‘sorry you hurt me’ (= stupidity or strength, whichever way you look at it). 🙂

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  5. Gene Phillips

    According to my memory of 1000 Clowns, all the world really wants is a good apology. When I apologize, I almost never do so grudgingly.

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