WHY SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO APOLOGIZE (EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT SORRY)

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    About 10 years ago I was in a fight with a friend and our mutual friend said I had to apologize.
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    "Why do I have to say I'm sorry? I didn't DO anything!" I growl-snarled.
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    "It doesn't matter, he told me. "Apologizing will make things better."
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    So I did. Apologize. And it was. Better.
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    I started doing this as a rule. Even if I didn't think something was my fault, even if I wasn't sorry for anything I did, if I wanted to fix a fight or mend a relationship, I said I was sorry.
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    Sorry doesn't have to mean " I'm sorry I did something wrong." Sorry can mean " I love you and I don't want to us to be on the outs and I'm sorry this is happening."
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    When you apologize you're saying that the person you love is more important than your anger.
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    And look, sometimes people AREN'T more important than your anger. And sometimes an apology can't fix what's broken.
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    But you'd be amazed at how often it can.
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    So apologize about that thing, whatever it is. Make amends. Set it right.
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    As my parents said to me and my brother when we were elementary schoolers in the backseat scream-fighting over our one copy of THE SIMPSONS' GUIDE TO LIFE "Who's going to be the bigger person?"
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    You be.
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    Just some advice from your fun uncle Kit.