The act of apologizing; whether with the magical words of “I’m sorry,” or in deeds, and the act of forgiving, both stem from a human being’s need to belong, in a social circle, society, a tribe, and the office. And both are precious gifts that, if on the right lips, open hearts and strengthens bonds.
We all have a moment, when we, oblivious to the consequences, just shut out the world, and just try to listen to the silence within, and that’s nothing to apologize for. It is the external panic, and stumbling on one’s own fears, that get the better of us sometimes, and we just lose it, that need apologizing for.
An apology is an act of bravery. It is noble, romantic. Doing it fulfills our need for being altruistic, and so does forgiving. The best way to write this letter is simply being sincere, and bearing the pain of candor and exposure; just as well, because as uncomfortable it may be, it is what that silence you were trying to listen to really telling you to do.
Here is how to do this:
The Digital Agency
547 Some Street
Los Angeles, CA 95211
March 14, 2017
Mr. Brandon Grovovic
The Digital Agency
Dear Mr. Brandon:
I want to apologize for my insubordinate behavior at the weekly meeting this morning. I kept second-guessing you, and interrupting you several times during the meeting, and that was disrespectful and unprofessional. I’m afraid I let my stress over the approaching deadline get the better of me, and this is by no means an excuse for being so rude, and a poor listener. I feel terrible for the way I behaved today, and I promise you this will never happen again.
I am immensely thankful to you for not firing me after the utterly unprofessional manner I carried myself. I should have known better than to panic and try to reject any new changes to the artwork. I kept saying “this wouldn’t work, we can’t do that,” to what I later realized was not such a drastic measure at all and, with a few changes to the roster, is not impossible to manage, if we outsource part of the work, and call everyone to work this Saturday. For this important a project, we could go an extra mile, burn the midnight oil, if we have to. I, for one, have put my name on the weekend roster, and will be working Saturday and Sunday, till the all mockups are ready, so that Monday morning, right on schedule, we are all set for presenting them to the client.
I understand if you would want to take me off the project, and would never hold that against you. However, if you allow me to continue working on it, I assure you, I will be at my best behavior from now on, and will not question your decisions. In hindsight, I do realize that was hasty and impetuous of me.
Your farsightedness and mentorship are far too valuable for me to risk getting off on the wrong foot again, and I hope you will give me another chance to earn your forgiveness, and approval.
I thank you for your time, patience and consideration, and I cannot say sorry enough for all the inconvenience I have caused.
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