I am guilty of saying "sorry" when I mean "thank you". I have no idea when I started doing it. There are moments that start to get awkward and this habit kicks in. I say, "I'm sorry." In these moments, I really ought to be saying "Thank you".
I do it. My friends do it. My clients do it. Students in my class do it. After awhile we all become numb to it and stop hearing it. But our words are powerful, particularly when we speak about ourselves. I want to be clear and only apologize when I mean to and not when I mean to say "thank you."
I came across this cartoon recently. It has really stuck with me. It has made me catch myself when I find myself almost apologizing when I mean to say "Thank you".
Source: cartoonist: Yao Xiao of Autostraddle.com
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