It’s unavoidable: Hurting someone else, offending them, or bothering them in some way. We’re human, after all. No one is perfect. But as much as these statements are true, it’s important to not use them as excuses. Each of us has an impact on others, and it’s up to us to understand what kind of impact we have, and to commit to making the best impact possible. And, when we have a misstep, it’s up to us to RIGHT A WRONG. Shockingly, there is a term to describe people who don’t like to apologize. They are aptly called, “Non-apologists.” A non-apologist would rather not apologize and feel guilty about their actions, because apologizing would open the door to shame, which would make them feel bad about them selves. Sorry, non-apologists, we aren’t buying it, because we know you expect apologies from those who have wronged you. Don’t you? It’s time for all of us to practice saying those two powerful words—“I’m sorry”—and go one step further to make things right in our relationships, because our relationships matter. Together, we will contribute to a culture of compassion, understanding, empathy, and care, and how that can affect us and everyone around us. Get excited. Because righting our wrongs, and our relationships, matters.

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