Thursday, March 09, 2006

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

First off, I mean this to reflect society on the whole, not individually, so you other nice people out there, don’t fire off nasty e-mails, please.

It seems as though we have become an increasingly selfish bunch. We are motivated more by what our individual interests and wants are than what is good for the group. For instance, when two lanes merge into one, it is easy enough to realize that if one car goes from one lane, then one from the next, everyone would be able to get on their way with the same amount of delay. But we all know what really happens when those two lanes merge. The bigger car gets to go. Either that, or the person with the least concern for his or her own vehicle.

But the example that makes the biggest impression on me is the seeming decrease of people saying, “I’m sorry.” Two very simple words, but speaking them is so much more than those few letters seem to contain.

When you say “I’m sorry.” You are asking for forgiveness from someone. By asking this forgiveness, you are admitting that you have done something that has made a negative impact one to someone else. You are acknowledging your recognition for the feelings of others.

It seems that we have become so self-centered as a society that we have lost the capacity for the ability to think of others. It seems that we only think of situations in terms of what we can get from them, or how they impact our lives. We have stopped being responsible for being good neighbors. We have stopped taking into account that there are other people on the planet.

I am not sure when this began, or why it has happened, but it is prevalent in many places that I have gone, not just limited to the folks on daytime TV. Although the folks that they find for the Judge Whoever shows are shining examples of this. Well, maybe they don’t shine, but they sure are apparent.

So join with me people! Explore the impact that your actions have on others! If you wrong someone let them know that you realize it and say “I’m sorry!” Together we can make the world a better place!


Random Fact of Kindness: Drop pennies where kids can find them. Make sure they are facing “heads” side up.


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