In any marriage there will be spats and thus occasions for apologizing. It just makes sense to apologize and continue with your loving relationship. But sometimes that seems very hard.
Some things to consider as you wait for the other one to apologize.
- The one who apologizes first is the stronger and braver one.
- When you start with the apologies, it helps the other apologize too. You’ve set the tone for safety, humility and honesty for the relationship.
- The longer you hold onto the hurt, sadness or anger, the more hurt, sad or angry you become, and things escalate from there. Just end that. Apologize.
- Your relationship becomes stronger when you are humble and vulnerable enough to admit your part in the conflict.
Note: Your apology has to be genuine and complete – more than just “I’m sorry.”