But most people use their excuses differently.
There are excuses for things you don't want to do,
"It's a bummer, but I can't! I totally would, but I have so much to do at home! I just can't tear myself away!" - from The Sims 3.
"I can't, because I'm sick, coughcough." - of helping you with your home projects.
And excuses for things you forgot to do,
"I couldn't because I ran into this lady who lost her dog and she was so heartbroken that I just had to help her find fifi and it took the whole afternoon!" - or two minutes of it.
Or for things you want to do,
"I'm sorry, I have to attend this ball game, it's really important to my dad and he's dying." - at some point.
And for things you shouldn't do,
"Well you see officer..." Yeah, I bet you have enough practice with that one.
Yesterday I dealt with a lady who had a huge list of excuses.
I don't think she was lying either, she had a lot going on.
Probably last month was a bad month.
But the more excuses she gave me, the angrier I got!
Because the way she said it, it was like it was my fault her month was bad. And I should have known it was bad.
Probably she felt judged by my frustration with her, but I tell you nothing makes me so inclined as to go easy on someone as a big old, "I'm Sorry!"
"I'm so sorry I murdered that man, I just didn't like him!"
"Oh honey, don't worry, probably no one else did either! Plus he had ugly hair."
"It's a toupee."
"Well there you go."
The truth is that before her irate excuses I was feeling bad because I'd voiced my frustration, but when I listened to how it was all me being inconsiderate of the bad month I didn't know about - shazaam! No more sorry. It's magic!
What excuses make you more angry instead of less?
Posted by Melody