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Do you say sorry only when you mean it?

by Smita (follow)
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Nowadays sorry just a word without any emotion of regret attached to it. People just apologize to squeeze out of a situation. How important is this word for you? Do you say it only when you mean it or do you use it casually too?

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Sometimes I might anger or upset someone by something I have done. I will say sorry because I am genuinely sorry to have upset them, but I am not necessarily sorry for what I did.
Yes and No. I say sorry when I mean it...but then I say sorry for all the other things such as when someone has just lost their job, or stubbed their toe!
No. Sometimes I do say to just calm the other person and then later on feel bad about it. I feel like I have put myself down by apologizing when it was not my mistake. But then again I have taken care of the situation. So I keep debating with myself and go crazy
Yes and No. I say sorry when I mean it...but then I say sorry for all the other things such as when someone has just lost their job, or stubbed their toe!
Yes I do mean it, when I say sorry to someone.
You are so right - the word seems to have lost its sanctity and meaning in today's world, with people simply throwing them around like the word 'love' (but that's another argument).

I make it a point to be conscious of it when I say it - I often think twice before saying it - do I really mean it? Should I be the one saying it?

Thoughts like that help me think rationally and utter the word accordingly.

If I by accident run into someone with my bag, or bump someone with my trolley at the supermarket...I say 'sorry'(and mean it).

But! if I have been bad, and done something I should not have, like not done the banking, and missed the bank?...or didn't get things my son needed I say a heart felt 'sorry'.
Oh those eyes! How could you NOT forgive any little 'indiscretion'. What a beautiful picture!
by donjo
I know :)
by jonaja
I think it's easy to say it casually, and I'm a habitual apologiser when someone bumps into me I hear myself saying sorry and know its not my fault.
However, when I've hurt or upset someone I will only say sorry when I mean it. An apology of this kind should be heartfelt for it to have any hope of soothing the person you've upset.
It is interesting when people say sorry but it was because ............
They are not really saying sorry just pushing responsibility on to others.
If you are sorry you are late you should accept it was because you failed to manage your time correctly not because the traffic was bad.
It's a word that is used now too frivolously!

I prefer to say, if genuinely required, 'my apologies'.
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