Hey ladies and gents! I have a question or maybe it’s more of an issue of confusion…
Why do so many of us say “I’m sorry” instead of “excuse me“?
Why do we, especially women feel we need to apologize for everything? For the most part, I see men already standing in their power.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill
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Now, I’ve been noticing this about myself for a few years and have made strides to change this.
For example, I no longer start emails with I’m sorry such as – I’m sorry that I didn’t get back to you yesterday. I just get to the point. In my 15 years as an accountant, I do not remember a single time that a male client or colleague started an email with “I’m sorry”. Although, there was incident at a prior firm with a male client who sent a nasty email – in which he was totally wrong about everything – and the next day sent another email just to state “Sorry, Not Sorry”.
One habit that I cannot seem to break is to say excuse me rather than I’m sorry when almost bumping into people. This happens a lot in my office as there seems to be a ton of corners to turn. Yes, if you do something that requires an apology, please say you are sorry.
This habit probably would not bother me as much, but now I notice my two year old is starting to say sorry instead of excuse me. Please sweet girl, do not start your life out apologizing for nothing you did wrong.
I totally work to teach my little girl and definitely continue to work on this myself.
Ladies! Stop apologizing! It’s time we reclaim our power and teach the next generation to be strong women.