In Australia, today is National Sorry Day, a holiday established in 1998 to make atonement for the separation of Aboriginal children from their native people. The removals occurred from 1910 to 1970, but the Sorry Day did not occur for nearly 30 years after the practice ended, and the public apology did not come until another decade after that.
Saying “I’m sorry” and admitting mistakes is hard for a country to do and it’s also challenging for an individual. It gets even harder when so much time has passed and relationships have been severed.
But take a lesson from Australia and do the right things by making amends. Who needs to hear “I’m sorry” from you today? Do the right thing and be the first one to extend your hand in reconciliation.