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