Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

What is the hardest word for you to say?

Elton John couldn’t have said it better in that line of his song: Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.

It’s not easy to admit when we’re wrong, especially when the other person is right. It’s like we’ve lost a battle if we admit we’re wrong.

It’s not easy to admit when we’ve wronged someone. It’s embarrassing that we’ve done something to hurt another person.

However, when the tables were turned, don’t we feel better when someone admits to us that they were wrong, and they apologize? Saying I’m Sorry are the hardest most challenging words, but they are also the words that lead to a better road for everyone involved.

Pastor Pete wrote about this recently,

Why are these two words so problematic? One word… Pride.
There are few words that can change the bearing of a conversation, defuse anger, and convey the kind of healing power those two words can.

He nailed it! Pride keeps us from admitting when we’re wrong. We might not have been wrong on purpose, thinking all along that we were right. Being wrong isn’t always vengeful or mean-spirited. In fact, those times are probably more difficult to admit. Have you ever been so sure that something you’ve said was right only to find out that it wasn’t? Yeah, those times. However, admitting you’re wrong builds character and confidence that other people have in you. They will know that you take your words seriously and aren’t so arrogant that you always think you’re right. You know those people.

Think about this the next time pride takes over, and you fear saying you’re sorry. Most of all, see the situation from the other person’s perspective and think about how you would want to be treated if you were the one who was wronged.

What do you have difficulty saying? Have you ever needed to say you’re sorry but pride took over? 

During the month of November, I am participating in the National Blog Posting Month, also known as NaBloPoMo, hosted by BlogHer. Most likely I am following these suggested prompts, but I might just get crazy and change things up every once in a while. I‘m one wild and crazy gal! 

NaBloPoMo November 2012

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2 thoughts on “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

  1. Pingback: NaBloPoMo: November 2012 « Nearly Missed It

  2. very true. I typically do not have trouble with saying sorry thank goodness. The times I tend to struggle with pride in saying sorry the most, are usually when I know the other person will let me take all the blame and they won’t say sorry for their part, or take responsibility. Then sometimes pride gets in the way, because sometimes it can be tough to feel you are the only one admitting wrong. Good post! If only we humans can learn to have more humility and be humble!

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