Whether it be
- breaking the ice or
- being the first to reach out in a relationship (be it friendly, family, or romantic) or
- being the first to say sorry
making the first move is a strong move, usually the right move! Making the first move creates trust, demonstrates confidence and self-assurance.
And by the way, a sincere apology (from the heart and not undercut by being accompanied by an excuse!) is not a sign of weakness, quite the contrary. Also, an apology does not have to be an acceptance of fault or wrongness, it can simply be acknowledgement of someone’s pain along with an expression of support and understanding.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948 (assignation)
“If an apology is followed by an excuse or a reason, it means they are going to commit the same mistake again they just apologized for.” – Amit Kalantri, b. 1988, Mentalist
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia, 1924-1998, ‘Born for Love’
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier