Life provides us with multiple opportunities for misunderstandings, conflicts, and hurt feelings. A well-done apology can go a long way toward healing a strained relationship, while a poor one can create even more disconnection and distress. After witnessing and experiencing both very good and very bad apologies in my life, I began studying good apology techniques, practicing them on my family and friends. Since one of the ways I learn best is by doing and teaching, I developed an Art of Apology workshop which I have led in a variety of lengths and settings. I am now turning what I’ve learned into a book, due out in June.
Workshop participants have shared wonderful stories with me – of apologies that healed long-standing rifts; poorly-done apologies that ended relationships; and the deeply desired apologies that never came. I would like to include even more stories in the book, to better illustrate the concepts and tools I’m sharing.
Have you had an apology that was significant in your life? Would you like to share that story with my readers? All stories will have identifying information deleted and may be edited for length; you will get final approval before publication.
If you’d like to participate, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.