Day 30 ~ March 1 ~ Amends
“Anyone can make a mistake and run. It takes a special kind of person to make a mistake, admit to it and face the pain and discomfort that comes with making amends.” ~ Author unknown
“An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.”
~ Lynn Johnston
The other side of forgiveness is making amends, when it is you who has been - or needs to be - forgiven for hurt or wrongdoing you may have caused. As with forgiveness, the gift - to yourself and to whoever has been hurt or wronged - of making amends is revealed when it is given unconditionally from your heart.
While I may feel ashamed of having said or done something, today it is clear to me that right relationship (with myself and others) is only possible to the extent that I am willing to feel remorse, take responsibility, and attempt to repair any harm I may have caused.
Amends are reparation or compensation for injury. Make amends today. Offer a sincere apology to someone you may have hurt, and think of something else you can do to set things right.
Action for Teens
Making amends means apologizing to someone you hurt and really meaning it. Think of someone you have hurt. Today, consider making amends to this person. A huge burden will be lifted for both of you. This simple act can heal relationships.
Action for Children
When you have hurt someone or done something wrong a heartfelt “I’m sorry” is important and necessary. Is there someone you should apologize to? Today is a good day to do that.
Jerrika C. Shi, age 15, Philippines
Peace Pals International
“It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them.” ~ Dale E. Turner
“It's not a person’s mistakes which define them - it’s the way they make amends.”
~ Freya North
"Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past."
~ Tyron Edwards