In the comments concerning “Just a simple Thank You,” michelleatplay and Bren both point out that saying “I’m sorry” is a comparable good deed.
What an excellent observation!
It occurs to me that “I’m sorry” like “Thank you” is a public admission of humility. It is a bow to the person addressed.
In the case of “I’m sorry,” the acknowledgement that one did a wrong thing can be very difficult. The expression of remorse deepens the bow.
Not saying “I’m sorry” has a tendency to sour human relationships. Feelings of resentment and hurt grow on one side, and guilt and stubbornness on the other. Which is unfortunate. Because the majority of wrongs in life are small things that are magnified unnecessarily.
The lives of people shouldn’t be so clouded by hurt.
Saying “I’m sorry” often seems to work like magic. Hurt feelings vanish in a flash. Relief and compassion rush into the vacuum.
Saying “I’m sorry” is a good deed that ought to be very easy. We need to simply acknowledge our wrongs, and be sorry.