I believe that creativity is a powerful skill that can be practiced and developed. I hope my blog inspires you to find your very own "creative lment". ~LM
Some mistakes warrant a written apology, and while it may be difficult, a personal note putting thoughts to paper is therapeutic for both you and the offended person. While the commercial card market is flooded with nicely worded apology cards, nothing is more meaningful that a personal sentiment. A better choice would be to select a blank notecard, offering up plenty of space to scribe your thoughts. Putting pen to paper provides you with an intimate opportunity to think sincerely about what you want to say. And because a note card has limited space, you only need just a few select sentences. Handwritten notes work best in situations where the relationship is personal or familiar in nature, and when the infraction is relatively minor. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
Give the person time. The severity of the mistake will determine the period of time needed to accept your apology. If they do not respond within a reasonable period, send them a second short note or email. Ask how they are and indicate that you would love to get together for an in person chat; wish them well in the mean time.
Here are a few examples to help get your started:
If you do not hear from the person, continue in your commitment to addressing the mistake and accept that you have done what you can to repair the situation. Wait for the person to come around on their own, but understand that this cannot be forced. Remember here that the intended outcome is to mend both the relationship and your own feelings concerning the situation. If you are committed and sincere in repairing the situation and have made the appropriate effort, then you have done what you can. Dwelling on your mistakes will not give you peace, nor is it good for your self-esteem. Instead, give yourself a reasonable amount of time to mourn your error – and then forgive yourself. Remember, you draw into life what you focus on! ~LM