Let’s face it: none of us are perfect all of the time. And unless you have a puppy dog face like my dog Lilo up there, there’s a lot to be said for learning to firstly take responsibility for our errors and secondly do what it takes to make it right. That’s what this week’s round-up is all about — what do you when you mess up. (Pay no mind to the fact that this post is going live the day after Valentine’s Day.)
Lesson of the Week
An apology is only worth the amount you mean it. Here are three perspectives on how to apologize.
- Greatist: How to Apologize to Anyone
- CBS News: 7 Tips on How to Apologize in the Business World
- Danielle LaPorte: Sorry? Only Say It If You Mean It
Product of the Week
You know how I’d like someone to apologize to me? With cupcakes. This $11 cupcake pan comes ready to transport with a cover. So simple, yet what a difference it makes! (And as an FYI for any sometimes or frequent bakers out there, I’ve had nothing but wonderful experience with Wilton products for baking. They’re entirely affordable and super high quality.)
Recipe of the Week
And speaking of cupcakes, if anyone has any reason to apologize to me and wants to take my suggestion of sending me cupcakes, these carrot cake cupcakes with maple-cream cheese frosting from Smitten Kitchen are a fantastic choice. I made them for T’s birthday (along with How Sweet Eats’ Angel Food Cupcakes — also very good), and I think I ate at least 80 percent of them. (Can I blame that on being pregnant?)
Thought-Provoker of the Week
“Compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, fear.” That’s a quote from Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax in her TEDTalk on compassion.
Laugh of the Week
When all else fails, sometimes the best way to say you’re sorry is from the inside of a box.