Excuses, excuses! This quote from George Washington was found in a reply letter to his niece, Harriet, in 1791. When Harriet made an excuse, and blamed her short and abrupt letter on someone else, Washington replied with this bit of wisdom.
No matter what, we have all given someone a bad excuse at least once in our lifetime. I know I have. It’s natural to want to defend ourselves in a situation in which blame may have a possibility of resting on our shoulders. Whether it’s an excuse to parents about why the chores were never done, to a friend about a borrowed and lost item, to a teacher about a late project, or to a boss about a failed task, trying to lay blame on someone else isn’t the best option. Sometimes, we are entitled to that blame, and need to accept it.
Apologizing instead of making excuses shows that we are able to take responsibility for our own actions and are sensible enough not to point fingers just to get out of trouble. So the next time a bad excuse is about to creep into the situation, remember what our dear old George once wrote and don’t let the blame be passed in the wrong direction.
Are you fond of this quote?
What do you think about bad excuses?
Do you agree with what Washington said?