Manners Monday: Owning Up to Your Mistakes

One characteristic of every classy woman is her ability to admit when she is wrong and apologize to another if she has hurt them, offended them (once she’s aware of it), ignored them, upset them, etc. Being able to own up to our mistakes and say sorry when know we are in the wrong is not only good manners but it builds trust and confidence in others and allows them to feel more comfortable around us and just creates a more pleasant environment. An apology never takes away what had been said and done but it’s necessary to let the other person know that you care and respect them enough to address it and you’re willing to make it right. You can read my other Manners Monday post on “How to Apologize“.

There might be typically in life while we knowingly or unknowingly do something to make a person else feel uncomfortable. The secret is to avoid letting it linger and cope with it head on. I even have some people in my lifestyles who aren’t proper at apologizing, even when they are incorrect or it has been expressed that some thing they have finished or stated turned into scary or impolite, they retain to hold on, show little empathy or challenge for his or her action and in a few instances, flow ahead with zero regard and do as they please. When the ones people are pals or friends, I don’t permit that during my lifestyles, but while we’re managing circle of relatives, that’s no longer usually an option. That my buddies is a lack of civility, it’s far self-righteousness and pleasure at its center and it is no longer pretty.

This afternoon (it’s Sunday night time as I write this submit) Lily and I headed out for a day at a nearby attraction to look fish and different sea existence as a fun mommy-daughter date. Since Whole Foods was across the corner, I planned to swing by means of at the way home to pick out up a few necessities for the week beforehand. Let me start by way of saying that I have to admit, I’m in all likelihood the worst character to bump into in a grocery store (or maybe any keep) and seize off defend, because I’m an ‘in-the-quarter’ type of individual after I run errands. It’s awful truly, I once in a while do not even see human beings I realize when they are in the same place and when they say hiya, I’m caught off shield after which experience as even though maybe they thought I become simply ignoring them that is in no way the case, but it’s another tale for any other day….

So, I had just walked into Whole Foods literally ready to fall asleep while walking after just 4 hours sleep, and Lily was deciding on the type of cart she wanted  to sit in (she loves the ones that are little Police cars she can drive or race cars with steering wheels). Since I had several items to pick up instead of a quick trip, I told her we were going to sit in a regular cart today as she likes to get in and out of the other type.  I didn’t want to chase her all over the store which always takes twice as long, so I proceeded to put the cart cover on and get her in. Of course that didn’t go over well after she saw the other ones, all bright and colorful, and she began having a bit of a meltdown. (As a side note, my husband is traveling for the second time this month out of the country and she is extra clingy and testing me lately in his absence which hasn’t helped and my patience was wearing a bit thin at that point.) I tried to explain to her why I was putting her in that particular cart and was also trying to get her feet in as she attempted to stand up and escape. As this was all taking place in the cart area near the exit, I hear “Hi Lily!” and turn my head to see who was there that we knew. It was the mother of a little boy in Lily’s class who helps her teacher out by managing various events/e-mails for volunteers, asking for donations for the school and various other events whom I’ve met before. I vaguely recognized her at first out of school then she said, “I’m x’s mom”. I smiled and said “I know, hi” because we had just exchanged e-mails a few days prior recently and I sometimes see her while dropping Lily off in the mornings when she is standing outside her older child’s classroom down the hall. She reminded me about some items I had volunteered to drop off for the teacher’s upcoming birthday and had mentioned who to drop them off with as the event is coming up in 10 days (which she had already e-mailed me about and I had responded to) so I didn’t feel the reminder was necessary but I’m guessing she was just trying to make small talk. in any event, I wasn’t as kind or polite as I could have been and wanted to be with her in that moment and realized it just as we finished our quick conversation and walked away.

All I could think of in that moment (about myself) was “well, that was rude!”.  I mean, how about a simple “Hi ‘x’, it’s nice to see you”? Geez. Here I write a blog on etiquette, manners and being a classy woman and the most basic of exchanges with another human being was not at all how I had intended and I left feeling bad about how things went down. Now, in her mind, she may not have even thought twice about it (perhaps I’m being hard on myself as I often am), although somehow I’m going to guess that she probably thought I was a bit curt with her, because well, I was. I’ve said it before in other posts and I’ll say it again, I am not always the most patient person or the most present in the moment. It’s something I really struggle with at times. Every year it seems that at some point I make it a goal to be more patient but it’s something I have to really work at and pay attention to. For my daughter’s sake though, I really do try to make an effort because she’s at an age where she can read body language and tone of voice just beyond words from everyone around her. Anyway, as I was driving home from the store I promised myself once Lily was down for the night, the first thing I would do is sit down and e-mail her classmate’s mom to tell her that I was sorry and why, so I did.

In marriage/intimate relationships, friendships, parent-child dynamics, with neighbors and co-workers (and really any type of relationship), it’s so important to admit when you’ve messed up as resentment can grow over time. I grew up with a parent who often couldn’t admit when they were wrong, almost always looking for a reason to justify their actions and watched how it drove my other parent away. I promised myself that I wouldn’t emulate their behavior and do life that way. To this day, this person still operates in that same manner, and it hasn’t served them well. When we wrong someone, the only way to make it right is to be honest, be real, and just say “I’m sorry” being specific about why you are apologizing and how you intend to make it right being mindful to apologize without excuses. It’s always appropriate to ask for forgiveness also, showing you are invested in the relationship and truly do care to do what’s right.

I want to inspire you today that regardless of what point you’re at for your journey to becoming your great self as a more stylish lady, you’re bound to make a screw up due to the fact none folks are perfect and we are not constantly going to deal with each scenario perfectly, and we’re going to every now and then depart a situation feeling crummy and as though we desire we may want to have a do-over. Life does hand us a second danger though, it’s known as an apology. A high-quality aspect impact is that frequently, these awkward moments can clearly assist bring us in the direction of any other person within the method, when dealt with efficiently.

As an awful lot as I experience susceptible in sharing my missteps, I individually find that I relate maximum to others who are transparent, keep it real and are not afraid to admit that they are human and they made a mistake. During the 7 years that I’ve been running a blog, I’ve continually tried to cognizance on sharing with you the quality strategies to handling a state of affairs, the most accurate/well mannered manner to address a person or a particular situation, the way to choose the right fork at the dinner table, however I haven’t spent quite a few time sharing my personal errors, as it’s embarrassing given the subject that I write on. However, I need girls to know that they do not want to be ideal to be a extra stylish, polished, classy lady. Sometimes that perfectionist mentality can actually preserve us back from achieving our greatest ability, feeling as though we can not make any errors. It’s some thing I’ve struggled with my entire lifestyles considering that early life. The fact is, I find I analyze a ways greater from my demanding situations and mistakes in life, than my successes. So, that allows you to be more relatable, I’ll attempt to percentage more of my real existence day-to-day struggles inside my posts as I continue to commit to personal boom to turn out to be the satisfactory version of myself, because who would not like a "hey, me too, I’ve been there!" form of submit wherein you’re no longer alone.

I’d love to realize, turned into there ever a time you found it difficult to admit you were wrong? Was there a time you had been pleasantly surprised through the manner someone handled themselves once they had finished wrong by means of you?

Thanks for preventing by way of!


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