“The willingness to forgive is a sign of spiritual and emotional maturity. It is one of the great virtues to which we all should aspire. Imagine a world filled with individuals willing both to apologize and to accept an apology. Is there any problem that could not be solved among people who possessed the humility and largeness of spirit and soul to do either — or both — when needed?”
— Gordon B. Hinckley
It is difficult sometimes very difficult to apologize or accept an apology. It does require great spiritual and emotional maturity. I have known instances of friendships turning sour, families torn apart and working relationships severely affected because of the inability to apologize or accept an apology.
I know of a dear friend who must have surely bent backwards to save her marriage and her relationships with her in-laws. However, due to an uncompromising and high handed attitude of the husband and the family, the relation reached a point of no return causing so much pain and agony to the children and to the respective families where one or the other did not possess the humility and largeness of spirit and soul to apologize or accept an apology. Apologizing or accepting an apology has a calming effect on one’s mind and helps in controlling anger and resentments.
Gordon B. Hinckley quote is both profound and thought provoking and can do wonders in cementing broken relationships if there is a willingness among people to apologize or accept an apology.