Sorry, sorry, sorry …

The week just flew by. I’ve been drowning in deadlines lately, chained to my laptop, literally working my butt off, leaving me no time to even think about my blog, let alone write a blog post. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I’ve been  gratefully writing away.

But it does beg the question, why is it that life is always either a matter of feast or famine? All or nothing. Don’t give yourself a headache trying to come up with an answer, it’s a hypothetical question. I don’t think there is an answer.

Anyway by about 3:00 p.m. on Sunday I was desperate
for a break. My brain was tired and aching, my eyes were burning, I was seeing double and my fingers were cramping so badly I thought I’d never again be able to straighten them out.

So I made my fourth cup of coffee of the day and turned to the New York Times for a brief respite. And found an interesting and thought-provoking piece by Teddy Wayne in the Sunday Review section. Thought it was worth sharing, and then realized it would make a great blog post.

At first glance it seems clever and amusing, but if you think about it for a minute, it’s really a very sad commentary on the world in which we live — where bad and worse-than-bad behaviour has become the norm; and we’ve come to expect an “apology-or-two-or-three-or more de jour.” As if that really fixes anything. Or means anything.

Read Choose Your Own Public Apology and weep …

11 thoughts on “Sorry, sorry, sorry …

  1. I can sympathise, Fransi…I never seem to know whether I am coming or going these days… and I’m not compaining either 🙂
    But I do agree with you, an apology that means something is not one we should be repeating sans cesse…

      • Maybe if you truly understand you did something wrong and genuinely feel remorse. But here we have countless people with a huge sense of entitlement and the belief that they can get away with anything. Apologies from them mean and accomplish nothing. We need to do a better job of teaching children — and adults — the difference between right and wrong. And then we need to also make sure their are always consequences. Ignoring bad behaviour, therefore condoning it, is not helpful.

  2. Yeah, it seems that the focus is on “how to write the perfect apology” rather than address the root concern.
    To redirect my mood, so that I can step away from sustained rage, I have two observations: I enjoyed the way the way the NYT page scrolls through the text. Clever.
    More personally, I am curious to know — what has you chained to your laptop?

      • I’ve been an ad agency writer/creative director for most of my long, long career. Now that I freelance I get all kinds if different writing/editing projects — quite a lot of which would not traditionally go to an ad agency. Those are my favourite because they make me stretch my brain, I get to learn a lot and love the variety.

  3. Right the ‘all or nothing mentality’ really greases the wheels in our society. It’s pretty fast and hectic out here. I like what you have to say here too. You have a way with words and it’s not too long and not too short.

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