Several weeks ago I came across this blog post by Dainius that shared how artist Yao Xiao uses cartoons to emphasize how we tend to apologize for ourselves instead of saying thank you. It really had an impact on me. I started noticing how often I apologize for simply being myself.
Getting out of the habit of apologizing for every little thing takes practice, patience and awareness. It has really forced me to think before I speak. Not a bad habit to get into by any means.
Apologizing all the time is another way we tell ourselves that we are not good enough. That there is something innately wrong with who we are. There are times I genuinely need to apologize for something I’ve done. Yet, that is rare compared to how often I am apologizing for things I haven’t done wrong.
I’ve taken this to another level as well. I’m practicing saying thank you instead of complaining. It’s freekin’ cold here in Minnesota today yet, the sun is shining beautifully. I’m saying thank you for the sunshine.
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