This is good advice for an apology for any important relationship. I particularly liked the suggestion to be specific about what you are apologizing for. Not saying "for anything I've ever said or done". I received an "apology" worded this way recently. It was NOT a sincere apology and I did not believe it for one second! Nice try. They were just words. Very disrespectful (and stupid) of you to think I'd fall for it.
Everything I say comes out all wrong and I'm not trying to sound like this, I just don't know how I'm supposed to communicate and I'm sorry and I hate myself and I try to change, I really do, but I just keep messing up.
All of our personal relationships...deepen and strengthen when [we] remember to be curious about others' feelings instead of defensive. When someone says: "You hurt me" -- that's an invitation into her heart. When we respond with: "I'm sorry. I'm listening. Please tell me more" we get invited deeper. Can you imagine how much [better our relationships would be] if we could get curious about the pain of strangers instead of defensive? --Momastery
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