In relationships where the apologies are more frequent, the more trust I have for those people. Because I trust them to admit they’re wrong.Casey Greenawalt
- We tend to prioritize being right over being in relationship.
- Our tendency is to apologize selfishly instead of selflessly.
- Apologies lose their power if they don’t lead to change.
- A genuine apology takes ownership, expresses remorse, and invites a response.
- We ask for forgiveness not so we can feel better but so the relationship can heal.
- Apologies are not necessary for the continuation of a relationship, but they are essential for its deepening.
- If you struggle to verbalize an apology out loud and in person, consider writing it down in a letter or a note.
- If you realize that you continually apologize for the same thing over and over, make a positive choice to fix the problem.
- Consider the following question: “Is there anyone I really care about who has never heard me say, ‘I am sorry’?”
Admit Your Mistakes
It’s a fact: no one is perfect. But that doesn’t stop us from pretending that we have it all together, does it? This week, Dr. Michael Brown chats with Gabe Dunbar about what it looks like to take off the masks we wear and own our shortcomings.
Stop Making Excuses
When we fill our conversations with shifting blame and pointing fingers, we rob the people around us of the opportunity to truly know us and show us grace. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Amy Seiffert challenge us to stop letting ourselves off the hook and start owning our mistakes.
Forgive Without Exception
Harboring a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will get sick. This week, Dr. Michael Brown is joined by Dr. Tyler Schwanz as they unpack the profound freedom that comes with releasing resentment and truly forgiving those who have wounded you.