During Sunday’s sermon I referenced an article from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center on humility. The first practice it says we should do it to ’embrace our humanness.’ As I thought about what it means to accept the fact that we all make mistakes, we all fall short sometimes, etc. I thought of a simply phrase that helps me accept my humanness, “I’m sorry.”
When I say, “I’m sorry,” I acknowledge a short-coming. Something I did just wasn’t good enough in the moment. When I say, “I’m sorry,” I am embracing my humanity in a simple and straight-forward way. So rather than get defensive and start justifying my behavior when, I’m going to try to let “I’m sorry” come out a bit sooner.