Try Not Being Sorry for One Week

“Sorry to interrupt you, but I need to…”

“Sorry, but I’d like to ask a question….”


“Sorry, but I have no right to claim this space/time as mine so am prefacing everything I say with sorry to make myself small and unnoticeable…don’t look at me”

If this sounds familiar, either about you or someone you know, watch this video (even though it’s a shampoo commercial it speaks to me) and then try to eradicate that word from your vocabulary for one week. N.B. Unless you genuinely are sorry, like you knock someone over in the street or something…then it’s allowed. ;>)

If the clip doesn’t open for you you can see it by clicking this link.

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Posted on July 14th, 2014 by

5 Responses to “Try Not Being Sorry for One Week”

  1. Julia says:

    I saw this video a few weeks ago and it really made me realise how often I use the word “sorry” everyday. I now think before I use the word. I’ve been meaning to create a “sorry box,” a bit like a swear box, fining myself every time I use the word inappropriately.

    • Jane says:

      Oh yes, I like the idea of a sorry box. We all do it, though. Shortly after writing this I was unceremoniously barged into by a chap in the street and the word escaped my lips without my even thinking about it. I immediately wanted to run back to him and say ‘No, I didn’t mean that. I am not sorry at all!’.

  2. Catherine says:

    You know it’s amazing how little I think about doing that on a daily basis and if I was to really look back I probably do that far to regularly too. You’ve given me a kick up the backside to NOT do this for the rest of this week and see how I get on. I like the idea of the ‘sorry box’ 🙂 I mean, I even say ‘sorry’ to my budgie!

  3. Ruth says:

    Hi Jane

    Whilst I agree with the sentiment here and I know we all need to stop saying “sorry” – I make a real effort not to do it in these situations now and have done so for some time – I am conscious that we DO need to apologize occasionally. I had some business dealings with a lady whose policy was “men never say sorry so I’m not going to either”. So when she dropped the ball on something, which she did to me big time, she simply would not say sorry. Or even acknowledge there was an issue. Don’t forget that sometimes we DO have to say sorry! This really affected me and I won’t deal with her any more as a result – so beware the consequences of taking things to the extreme…


    • Jane says:

      Thanks Ruth. Absolutely. I am not advocating never saying sorry. What a strange policy to adopt and no wonder you don’t do business with her anymore. As I said towards the end of the post, if you genuinely are sorry for something then of course, say it.

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