Learn To Accept The Apology You Never Got


Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got. Sooner or later there will come a time when you’ll need a pardon for a transgression that you’ve committed. It may be inadvertent or it may be a blatant response to a situation, either way in order for things not to escalate the ideal solution is an apology followed by forgiveness.

That’s fine in an ideal world but how many of you know we don’t live in an ideal world. It’s been said that everyone is born equal but not everyone has the same opportunities or believes in the same values. There are those who will go through life creating havoc. Through their actions, they will cause pain, offense and injury without batting an eyelid. Without the acknowledgment of an infringement, the reconciliation process is stunted.

When this happens, you may feel dismissed and rejected. There can be ongoing strife and conflict because of the unresolved issues that have arisen. The relationship may become strained and may not recover. This is unfortunate and common. There are many reasons why this occurs but for the purposes of this exercise, we must learn to let it go. Failure to do so is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

This is where forgiveness kicks in. Why? Because we all make mistakes and fall short of the mark, therefore we all need forgiveness. It’s not to say that we condone what’s been done to us, that there’s been no offense, that no crime has been committed, and there’s been no loss or pain. In forgiving we neutralise the impact of what’s been done, relegating it to the past thereby allowing for a brighter future.

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