I have been under a tremendous amount of stress lately. There have been some serious life-changes I needed make and it has been a bit of an adjustment. I have been trying keep my optimistic attitude through it all but it hasn't been easy. There are times I get discouraged.
When we are faced with situations like this, we need the people around us to be supportive. It doesn't help when loved ones contribute unwelcomed advice and opinions or express their frustrations about YOUR situation. We need them to extend a helping hand and support us-- not add additional stress to our lives.
Over the past several weeks, the person who is closest to me has been making me miserable. I don't need the drama or the aggravation. I need peace and someone strong enough to understand I need peace. The fire is already burning--I don't need help pouring on additional fuel to make it burn longer or stronger. I need someone to assist me in extinguishing the flames with a pail of cool water!
Yesterday I received an apology. I did not ask for it, I did not expect it, I did nothing to prompt it. It was probably the most genuine and heart-felt apology I have ever heard. It made everything ok and bearable.
I recently read this little story about apologies and I want to share it with you. It is from the book:
Things Will Get as Good as You Can Stand by Laura Doyle, a self-help expert.
When you deliver an apology, take 100 percent accountability by leaving out the words "but" and "if". Saying, "I am sorry I hurt your feelings," is being accountable. Saying, "I am sorry if I hurt your feelings," is not.
Something to think about......
And this is my Daily Cyn............