I had a bit of a revelation earlier this week surround this very simple word “Sorry” and it’s personal meaning for me.
As a word it can be used in so many different ways; to express sadness, sympathy, disappointment, polite refusal and of course an apology.
I hadn’t actually realised how important the usage of this word can be for me in the context of any apology received or given.
For me it recognises that something happened that was wrong, irrespective of the action being intentional or accident.
The person offer the apology is accepting that something has gone wrong and owning their action. They are also signalling the fact that they are wishing to seek forgiveness.
Up until now I’ve never truly realised why an apology without using the word sorry annoys me. I guess it’s because the person in my view is not raking ownership and truly wishing to start the process of seeking forgiveness.
Perhaps this is why the word sorry seems to be the hardest word.