‘Sorry’ is a common word which we use frequently. This has become a ritual to say ‘Sorry’ for each trivial or giant fault which we make in our day-to-day life. Since our childhood, we have been trained to utter this magical word ‘Sorry’ as it shows that we’re well-mannered and full of repentance for our mistake. How pleasant it seems when we come across well-behaved people around us. But ironically, ‘Sorry’ has lost its significance and effect over the period of time.
1. ‘Sorry’ shows that we have a realization of our mistake.
2. It strengthens the relationship between two people and brings them closer.
3. It shows a person’s acknowledgement of his fault and determination to not to repeat it.
Why do people hesitate to say 'Sorry'.
* ‘Sorry’ energizes a relationship as it increases a person’s maturity level.
* But as I’ve already mentioned that with the changing time, ‘Sorry’ has also stripped off its real magic.
* Sometimes we feel that saying ‘Sorry’ will expose us to others.
* Moreover, it seems that these days, ‘Sorry’ is a mere formality.
* Apart from that, people have a high sense of superiority complex and they seem reluctant to say ‘Sorry’.
* Many times, we know that we’re at fault but we’re ashamed to say ‘Sorry’ .
* Often, we’re unsure about the reaction of the person who is hurt because of our behavior.
Hence, it’s essential for us to understand that the realization of our mistake manifests in our behaviour not in chanting the word ‘Sorry’. 'Apologies are great, but they don’t really change anything. You know what does? Action.' Stella Young, comedienne 2.
Let me mention that if we make some blunder, we can’t fix the damage just by saying ‘Sorry’. Saying ‘Sorry’ has lost its importance due to our casual attitude. ‘Sorry’ has no impact until we’ve empathy, acute introspection and emotional involvement in our words and actions.
Sorry seems to be the hardest word. Times Life, Sunday Times of India, October 2, 2016.