I’m not one for making resolutions on New Year’s Eve but I do try to make small adjustments to how I live my life.
Last year, or the year before, or maybe even the year before that, I decided to “choose green more often”. What I meant was I would choose the salad over the fries more often than not. I also decided to choose green by not driving as far as often. That was a good change to make and I’ll continue to choose green in 2018.
This year the small change I’m going to make is that I’m going to stop participating in the diluting of the once powerful words of “I’m sorry”. Really, what I mean is, I’m not going to say “I’m sorry” when I have no need to be saying sorry.
For example, I’m walking in an aisle in a grocery store and I pass between a customer and the shelf they are looking at. There’s no real need for me to say “I’m sorry” when I pass between them and the shelf interrupting their vision for a few seconds. Perhaps I’ll say, “Excuse me” or “Pardon me” but I won’t be apologizing.
I say we should save our “I’m sorry” for things that really deserve an apology. Things like stepping on someone’s toe or foot while riding transit. Or wrongfully incarcerating someone. Those things deserve a heartfelt apology.
That’s it for my New Years resolutions. I’m going to continue to choose green and I’m not going to apologizing for it.
So happy New Year to you all. And enjoy this little video I put together. It is completely unrelated to this topic but I think it is pretty amusing.