“Let’s stop apologizing for things we don’t need to be sorry for. It’s exhausting and often a quiet reminder that we aren’t good enough. Our hearts show us the way, but when we are apologetic, our hearts hear, “Shhh. . . “
Let’s stop apologizing for …
♥ staying home
We apologize by making up elaborate excuses for turning down an invitation. “No thank you, I hope you have a lovely time” is sufficient.
♥ how we are dressed
When we think we don’t fit in, we apologize for being underdressed, overdressed, or mismatched. Except for rare circumstances, no one really notices what we are wearing. We can stop apologizing for what we wear.
♥ saying no
If you spend your free time catching up and doing all the things you don’t have time to do, you don’t have free time. If you want free time – real free time, or if you crave eight whole hours of sleep, a proper lunch break, or at least 24 hours away from your email, you are going to have to say no without an apology. A lot.
♥ thinking differently
Being curious and considering new ideas and ways to create, thrive, love, and live is a blessing. When people reject that and make you feel like apologizing, remember that it’s not about you. They may feel threatened and afraid that if you change you may think differently about them. Be gentle and inspiring instead of apologetic.
♥ for being yourself
We desperately need to you to be unapologetically you.
♥ for changing our minds
Sticking to it for the sake of sticking to it serves no one. Things change outside and inside. When we hold on so we can be right or because we are afraid to change course, we compromise the opportunity to learn and grow.
♥ taking longer than 3.2 seconds to respond to email
How many of your emails, voice mails, or other interactions start with “sorry for taking so long to get back to you” even though it’s been less than a day? We are doing our best.
♥ putting our health first
Going to bed early, saying no to food that doesn’t agree with us, or working out instead of meeting for coffee is nothing to apologize for. When you put your health first, you can serve and connect from a place you just can’t access when you are rundown, sick or tired. Good health is nothing to apologize for.
We can be kind and loving without being sorry. Our hearts deserve that.
© 2017 Courtney Carver
Courtney Carver is the author of a number of books including Simple Ways to be More With Less and Clutter Free: Simplify Your Life. Since 2006, she has also lived with multiple sclerosis. Courtney credits simplifying her own life with “giving me the space, time, and love to be more me!” This essay originally appeared on her blog, Be More With Less.
NOTE FROM CAROLYN: I wrote much more about topics like this in my book, “A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease”. You can ask for it at your local library or favourite bookshop, or order it online (paperback, hardcover or e-book) at Amazon, or order it directly from my publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press (use their code HTWN to save 30% off the list price).
Q: Have you ever found yourself apologizing over nothing?