Sorry Apologies Not Accepted

You call that an apology?

This week saw the unfolding of yet another scandal involving a politician, a prostitute, and the press conference where the man caught with his pants down delivers a carefully and legally sanctioned note of contrition complete with a grossly embarassed wife standing dutifully by her man.

No offense to the First Lady of New York, but what a yawner. Just once, wouldn’t you like to see the wife totally go off on her husband in front of the cameras and lay him out flat with a mean left hook to the jaw? We would.

Honestly. No one can read the heart and mind of another man or woman, but we’re not feeling it that Mr. Governor is really sorry for breaking the law, shaming his family, or further eroding the publics’ trust in it’s elected officials.  Is it as bad as Clinton-Lewinsky? Maybe for Mr. Spitzer — he’s much less popular than Clinton, and less likely to score much sympathy from his electorate with his fake contrition. This could spell the end of Mr. Spitzer aka Elliot Ness.

We’re not looking for an ol’ Jimmy Swaggart water works moment, but we do believe that apologies should at least be — what’s the word we’re looking for here? — oh, here it is: SINCERE.

In a society where ‘I’m sorry’ is so compulsively sprinkled into the most passing interactions, we’ve forgotten what an appropriate or real apology actually feels like. Perhaps even more loathsome than the ‘let me just cover my ass sorry excuse for an apology’ variety is the compulsive apologizer.

Do you know someone who is constantly apologizing for just about every thing they do? They apologize for just about every minor thing or infraction of social grace imaginable to the point it feels like they are apologizing for breathing the same air as you, for standing on the same patch of earth as you, for just taking up any space in this world.

The ‘no apologies, no regrets’ mantra for life well lived is a worthy aspiration. Go for it!

There is a difference between offering a simple ‘excuse me, sir’ when appropriate rather than from a flurry of ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry’ in simple social discourse. Stop apologizing. Deciding to correct this particular compulsion needs no apology. For this, you won’t be sorry.