Have you ever been in a situation where you knew you were wrong but you consciously made the decision not to apologize?
For whatever reason you just couldn't bring yourself to be the bigger person, to let go of your pride and just say the words "I'm sorry, I was wrong."
I've definitely beeen there, most of us have!
Growing up I learned early on the power of apology and conversely, the negative effects it can have when both parties stubbornly refuse to offer sincere amends.
The more of life I have behind me, the more I realize that sometimes the humility it takes to offer an apology even when you feel strongly about the things you said or did is more cherished than the actual apology itself.
Here's the thing, there are so many mistakes we make in our relationships, in our lives. None of us are immune to mistakes, sometimes we learn from them, sometimes we don't, sometimes we don't even realize that we are making them and sometimes we have to learn the hard way. The choices we make every day when we wake up, to be present, to be positive, to live with intention, to love with passion, are conscious decisions about the way we want to live our lives. With so much hate in this world, so many cruel intentions, it is so important to be the reflection of love and to not let pride or pure stubbornness get in the way of those intentions.
When I was in high school, I was a little reckless, a little self-absorbed and a whole lotta naive. It took being on my own to realize how strong of a support system I had behind me, and how much I relied on that. I began to see my relationships and my life through the lens of pure, raw, real experience and to realize the importance of letting go for moving on's sake.
I look at things differently now and because of that, and events that have happened in my life this week with family, parents, brothers, friends, I think it is so important to share with you the importance of apologizing. Even when you're right, even when it's hard and especially if it will make all the difference.