Have you ever thought that you bumped in to someone, said sorry, and turned around only to realize that you ran in to a desk? Sure, it’s polite to say “sorry” for something like this but still, I feel like we are always saying sorry for everything. Today I wanted to do some Thinking Out Loud on the topic and hear your thoughts in the comments!
Things You Can Stop Apologizing For:
- Your Diet: Maybe you have an allergy, an intolerance, maybe you’re vegan, or maybe you just want to eat a huge slice of pizza and chocolate cake on the side! Don’t say sorry for having to order what you can eat. Tell anyone having you over your dietary needs in advance, offer to bring something, but do not say sorry. We’re all different and everyone is entitled to eat the way that makes their body feel the best.
- Staying In Instead of Going Out: Maybe you’re like me and have to wake up at 5:30am for work, maybe you’re tired, maybe you have kids and a family to care for…or maybe you just want to be alone. Don’t apologize for not wanting to go out and be social. Sometimes we need to recharge at home! Alone time is often necessary for staying sane.
- Saying No: If someone is asking you to do something that you can’t do or don’t feel comfortable doing, say no and don’t add in an apology. I think this is especially important in the workplace. If you don’t have time to do something or feel like someone is taking advantage of your efficiency, it can be okay to say no.
- Asking a Question: So often we start a question with “I’m sorry but…” Why?! It’s okay to ask a question for clarification. Questions help to hash out problems, get to the meaning of a conversation, and to learn more. There’s no need to apologize for asking a question.
- How “Unclean” Your Home is: Very often women will clean their homes in a flurry for visitors and then as soon as they arrive apologize for the “mess”. If the people who are coming over to your house will judge your mess then maybe it’s time they move on to another person. We’re all busy, don’t apologize for not scrubbing your baseboards every day.
Do you apologize often? What would you add to this list?
Tell me in the comments below!