Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
I have been thinking about how we use the phrase “I am sorry”. Sometimes we use it at the end of an argument to admit we were wrong — capitulation. Some time we use it to solicit sympathy for something we have done — contrition. And other times we are overpowered and say “I am sorry” — submission. In all of these often the phrase is used after a painful exercise and it is often offered with great animosity. Too many of us, like some political leaders, just can never admit we were wrong and never feel the need to apologize under any circumstances.
I would like to suggest that saying “I am sorry’” can be a positive expression of concern — compassion. I don’t have to be proven wrong to tell you “I am sorry” that you are distressed and that it is not necessary to dwell on the reason whatever is creating pain. I can tell you “I am sorry” that you are hurting and ask you to let me help if I can — empathy.
Forgiveness is a wonderful thing; it allows us to leave our anger behind and to move on. But forgiveness is something we need to offer ourselves as well. There are many things in my life that I am sorry I did, sometimes I was embarrassed, sometimes I was remorseful, and often I found it too easy to wallow in self-pity. You know when the chips are down we often find that nobody really is looking to make us look bad and hiding in our room with a pillow over our head just lets our imagination make things worse. By forgiving ourselves we can move on, learn from the experience, and do better next time.
So my friends at least in my mind you never have to tell me that you are sorry for something you may have done for I appreciate you for who you are. I honestly believe that those of us who are never perfect have no right to hold anyone to a higher standard than we hold ourselves.
Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.
That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.
CUSTOMER’S GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET SHOPPING
1. When in the express lane, make sure that all items are rung up and bagged before you start looking for your checkbook. Then, after you make a futile search for your pen, borrow one from the clerk and make sure your checkbook is balanced before giving up the check.
2. Never get into the 10-Items-or-Less line with less than 12 items. IT’S THE LAW!!!
3. When in the 10-Items-or-Less line and you have your 12 to 20 items, always ask the clerk if it’s okay. That way, if he says "yes," then the people behind you will get mad at HIM, not you. If he says "no," then YOU can get mad at him. Either way, you win!
4. Save all your pennies and dump them in the bottom of your purse so that when you are in the express lane you won’t be embarrassed by spending all that time looking for one and not finding any.
5. When asked if you want paper or plastic, take all the time you need to make the right decision. Don’t be rushed. Get it right. If you’re not sure just say, "BAG." That way they will have to ask you again, giving you more time to decide. You may want to practice this at home in case you are ever asked this question at a grocery store.
6. Always, and I repeat, ALWAYS tell the checker your reason for choosing paper or plastic. Checkers by nature are very curious and if you should fail to give them your reason for choosing paper over plastic, the clerk is liable to lie awake at night wondering why you didn’t choose plastic.
7. Always keep this in mind: If something is heavy and you don’t want to lift it out of the basket and put it on the belt. Don’t fret whether the checker will automatically know the price. After all, everyone knows how smart those clerks are.
8. Since everyone knows how ignorant those clerks are, you must always remember to tell them to not put the eggs and bread in the bottom of the bag.
9. Feel free to ask your clerk anything you may want to know. All checkers are experts on how to prepare whatever meal you should decide to make that night. They can give you precise directions to anywhere in the state you might want to go. They can tell you the best restaurant around, the kind of wine you will like best or anything else you may need to know about life.
10. Don’t forget rule NO. 8
11. After waiting in the checkout line for several minutes and it’s finally your turn at the counter, be sure to tell the clerk that more help is needed. He will certainly ensure that there is plenty of help next time.
12. When the clerk greets you and asks how you’re doing, don’t feel pressured into answering him. After all the clerk has to be polite– but you don’t have to.
13. When the store is not busy and there is only one check stand with a light on, be sure to ask the nearest clerk which check stand is open. You don’t want to take a chance being tricked into the wrong one.
14. If the clerk asks you if you know the price of an item and you don’t, tell him it’s "2-something" or "3-something." The clerks love that because they don’t get to use their SOMETHING keys very often.
Sign in a veterinarian’s waiting room, "Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"
She said: If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it was and always will be yours.
If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.
If, however, it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and never appears to have noticed that you actually set it free in the first place, you either married it or gave birth to it!
"There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure."
Jack E. Leonard
Teacher asks the kids in spelling class to tell what their father does for a living, and spell it. First kid says, "My daddy’s a baker. That’s b-a-k-e-r. He makes bread and lots of sweet goodies to eat."
Second kid says, "My daddy’s a banker. That’s b-a-n-k-e-r. He makes lots of money, buys us lots of toys."
Next kid says, "My daddy’s an electrician. That’s e-l-a-k…uh, e-l-e-x…uh…."
Teacher interrupts, saying, "That’s okay, Rayford. Think about it and we’ll come back to you." Turning to Little Johnny, she says, "You’re next, Johnny."
Little Johnny says, "My daddy’s a bookie. That’s b-o-o-k-i-e, and I’ll lay you odds ten to one Rayford don’t ever spell electrician."
Always carry two bags of something when you walk around. That way, if anybody says, "Hey, can you give me a hand?" You can say, "Sorry, got these bags."
During the banquet celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, Tom was asked to give his friends a brief account of the benefits of a marriage of such long duration. "Tell us Tom, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?" an anonymous voice yelled from the back of the room.
Tom responded, "Well, I’ve learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, forbearance, self restraint, meekness, forgiveness — and a great many other qualities you wouldn’t need if you stayed single."
Difficult times have helped me understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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