Wednesday Wisdom ~ Are You Really Sorry?

Happy Wednesday Friends!

On today’s ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ I share about words and the power that they hold. Specifically, lately I’ve been paying attention to how and when I apologize and say “sorry.” It is an important word by itself and when said with meaning, it becomes a beautiful word that shows an act of courage & strength. However, often times we use the word “sorry” inappropriately when we aren’t actually at fault or the situation is not a big deal.

Check out this week’s video blog to see if you are guilty of using words or phrases out of habit & potentially giving your power away for something you didn’t do.


I would love to hear your wisdom! Do you ever catch yourself using words when they aren’t necessary? What is your relationship with the word “sorry” & what is its meaning to you?

Please leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you!

all love,
jodi

1 Comment
  1. Leigh 4 years ago

    I think that women, and other people in positions of social inferiority, are often conditioned to take responsibility for things that are not actually in their power to control and apologize too frequently and readily — like the workmen on the property who are likely from a lower socio-economic group and therefore have internalized the powerlessness of their position and apologize for things that are not really their fault — like the fact that they are there in the first place! It’s also shorthand for a way to say they know that their presence may be in your way, if only because of the noise, and that they don’t wish to inconveniance you — saying “sorry” is quick and easy and allows people to somehow communicate something more complex. It is meant with the best of intentions, and I try to recognize times when that happens.

    In the case of women, it just comes from a lack of ease with taking up space in the world and a mis-identification with the least empowered aspects of what it means to be female in a patriarchal society.

    Hence the all-too easily pronounced “sorry”, when in fact, there is nothing to be sorry about.

    I’ve definitely caught myself doing this at times — and have stopped. It feels good not to take that disempowered stance and automatically say “sorry”.

    That said, when appropriate, saying “I’m sorry” AND following up with an amend, is very powerful.

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