Apologizing does not always mean you’re wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego.
– Mark Matthews
This was yesterday’s daily quote. It struck a chord with me and reminded me how hard it used to be to apologize because of the stigma of being wrong. It also reminded me of how stubborn or argumentative I used to be. I’ll be honest, there are times I will argue just for the sake of playing devil’s advocate. However, I’m not talking about those instances here. I’m talking about the times I would dig my heels in because I was right and I needed to convince the other person of that fact. It wasn’t until someone offered up this little nugget of wisdom that I changed that behavior – “Would you rather be happy or right?” It’s nice to be right, but I’d rather be happy.
If we stop worrying about being wrong, what’s does apologizing cost? Nothing.