I’m not rude. I don’t block the grocery isles with my shopping cart so that nobody else can walk through. I don’t cut people off on the highway or honk my horn because you didn’t go through the green light fast enough. I don’t snub people–ever–even when I’m being treated rude in return.
So why am I constantly saying “sorry”?
As my sister and meandered through Barnes and Noble, we found ourselves saying the “s”orry word at least a dozen times. It’s the way we were raised. Always be polite. This thought process has traveled with me even into adulthood, where I find myself sheepishly saying “sorry” for everything. Sorry for the inconvenience in asking you to move so that I can gently squeeze through the grocery isle. Sorry that it took me just a little too long to move forward in the service line at the book store. Sorry that I’m confusing you on my coffee order even though you’re being overtly rude to me. Sorry.
Here and now, I am setting a pact. I refuse to be sorry.
Wait. That sounds a little silly.
I don’t mind being sorry. Really, I don’t. I’ll be the first to jump up and apologize if I’m truly in the wrong. But I’m realizing more and more, the importance of standing up for yourself. Because the instant that you say that you’re sorry, you’re also saying “I’m in the wrong.” This opens up not only a feeling of disrepect for yourself, but also an opening for people to walk all over you.
In other words, I’m saying “so long to sorry” when it’s unnecessary and wrong. I choose to respect myself enough to stand up for the fact that I’m not always the one who should be apologizing.
So long “sorry!”
Pumpkin “Un”Overnight Oats
Pumpkin is one of my favorite oat mix-ins, especially now that the fall weather is officially here to stay.
Summer and fall collided this morning, as I mixed together a sliced, frozen banana into a bowl of “un”overnight, pumpkin oats. The combination was delightful, and I plan on doing it again tomorrow. Sorry to be so repetitive (pun intended.)
1/2 c. uncooked oatmeal
cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger
6-oz. plain, nonfat yogurt
1 banana, frozen and sliced
toppings: 2 T. walnuts, sweetened & dried coconut, Trader Joe’s apple cranberry butter
Today’s Challenge: Respect yourself! Don’t be afraid to say “I’m sorry”, but also don’t be afraid to realize that you’re not always the one in the wrong. Stand up for yourself, respect yourself, and don’t let people walk all over you. You truly do deserve better, and don’t ever let anyone tell you differently!