How to react when someone apologizes
As a society, we suck at how we react to an apology.
Especially when we are mad at the other person.
Hah, finally admitted their mistake
I had been saying it all along, hadn’t I
Don’t ever do it again
Why did you even do it
What were you thinking
It’s too late
Let’s admit – apologizing isn’t easy. So whenever it happens, can we be gracious and accept it?
Every single time?
Thank you for owning up
This just not have been easy
I was hurt, but this helps
I trust you to know what to do the next time
It’s ok. I am sure you didn’t do it on purpose
Worst are the moments when we chose not to respond at all.
Our misplaced sense of victory takes over, places us on a high ground with no foundation and makes us believe that will teach the other side a lesson.
It doesn’t. But you knew that already.
An apology from the other side doesn’t mean you won
But if you do not respond, it surely means you lost