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QOTD – January 14 – Do You Have Feelings?


For some reason, this photo statement jarred me quite a bit when I saw it yesterday. Too many times, we are faced with a similar statement, or series of obvious questions, and we just don’t understand. This one hit home for me in several different ways. I’m a pretty happy guy these days, especially lately, but reading this made me feel a bit off – sad even. Sad because sorry is so overused. It’s just one of those words.


Reading the above visual statement, how does it make you feel, and why?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

9 comments on “QOTD – January 14 – Do You Have Feelings?

  1. Patricia
    January 14, 2014

    I have read this statement before. How does it make me feel? Hmmm. My initial reaction is to roll my eyes and sigh. Why? Because I find it somewhat unfortunate that such a simplistic analogy has to be created to help some people understand that sometimes, “I’m sorry.” does not fix things. Don’t get me wrong. I am not one of those women who needs gifts and huge generous gestures to find forgiveness, but I think that sometimes “I’m sorry” are just words, and begin to lose meaning when overused by the same individuals. These are the types of individuals who require an illustration like the one above. Personally, I prefer an alternative response to people who are repeatedly needing to apologize and then ask for forgiveness: graciously forgive, AGAIN, and then cut them off. Gone. No longer a part of my quality world. Sorry, no space in my life for destructive and insensitive people. =)

  2. Joseph Walkley
    January 27, 2014

    This was the first time reading this before. It didnt really feel anything. You broke a plate and said sorry to it. It wont fix the plate, not unless youre a wizard or something. Its like life. You brake something, its hard to fix. You break trust or a friendship. You will have a hard time to get it back. Its the same with if your friend brakes the friendship, it wont be the easy for them either. Unless you just give it to them. Bottom line is that i dont deal with people that lose something like my friendship or trust cause obviously it wasnt valuable enough for them.

  3. Hunter Hanson
    January 28, 2014

    I Could Be Cheesy And Quote That When You Crumple A New Peice Of Paper, No Matter How Hard You Try, It Will Never Be The Same. I’m A Forgiving Person And I Sometimes Think I’m To Forgiving, But Does That Make Things Right, No, Of Course Not. The Statment Makes Me Feel A Bit Upset Because I Know Things Like This Happen In Real Life, Especilly With Things Like Abusive Releationships. I Always Feel Bad About Things Like This, Doing Something Wrong And Having An Utter Inability To Fix It. I Dont Know Why This Makes Me So Upset, But It Really Does Just Make Me, Sad.

  4. Libby Dodson
    January 28, 2014

    When I read this I understood it instantly. In the past few years humanity has lost a lot of its initial compassion for one another. When I was in leadership in middle school we taught a lesson about words and how once they are said you cant take them back. We told the kids to pick up the tubes of toothpaste and squish it all out. They were confused at first but then when we told them to put the toothpaste back in the tube it made sense. Once their words were out there, they were said and done and couldn’t be taken back. This lesson is being taught over and over but it seems to take a person a true experience where they hurt someone to realize what it all means, its really sad.

  5. Jaxon Skeen
    January 28, 2014

    It honest made me laugh for a minute, but then I though about the comment about it and it kind of made me sick how much everyone over uses the word… Even me, It makes it sound when i give my most sincere apologies to some one i love they take it like i don’t mean it.

  6. Bailey Edman
    January 28, 2014

    When I read this, My instant thought was the thought of how words and actions can constantly break people down and a simple “sorry” will not do anything. Once you say something hurtful to someone, it is in there mind forever and that is honestly sad to me because you cant just erase what has been said and you can not fix the actions that have been done. People need to focus on making peoples days better and helping them, not tearing them down. Watch what you say and watch what you do, actions create problems, even if they are not your problems.

  7. haley hanks
    January 28, 2014

    When i read this it makes me feel a little sad. The one thing that comes in my mind is bullying, i used to be a bully and it makes me think a lot about peoples feelings. even tho i said sorry it still didnt make them feel 100% better and it doesnt make me feel any better either because i know i hurt people and they will always rememeber my name.

  8. darcie daniel
    January 28, 2014

    After reading the visual statement I honestly feel like crap. I never realized how pointless saying “sorry” was. What’s done, is done and sometimes saying that one word isn’t enough to take away the pain or hurt youcaused someone. Before reading this I used to think that by saing sorry, it will cover up everything that I just did or said to that person. How wrong I was.

  9. Miriam Martin
    January 28, 2014

    When i read this the first time, it kinda made me laugh, but then i read it over and over and my instant thought about this is how some words like “sorry” can affect people. Think twice before you want to do or say something to someone. Once you say it, its there in their mind forever. Its kinda like when a guy tells a girl she needs to loose weight. The girl will do anything to loose that weight, even starve herself. When you think you want to say something hurtful to someone, think twice because that person doesn’t deserve to be treated like that. You want to make peoples day, not tear their day apart. There’s a big difference between that.

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