We’ve been trained to say “I’m sorry” before actually knowing what we are sorry for.
How often have you apologized because someone else misunderstood you?
This culture did not start with us.
Where did this learned reflex come from? Who taught us that we are supposed to apologize for others’ reactions when we never actually caused any harm and may have actually been the victim?(!)
What power are we giving away in those automatic and unnecessary apologies?
How would it feel to hold ground as someone else realizes their mistake?