Last week we covered basic excuses people make when saying something stupid. This week we will go over repairing the relationship and damage control.
When you're trying to repair a broken relationship from something you have you have spoken I suggest sitting down with the offended is the best action you can do to make things right between you both. Husbands and wives generally have to process what was said before they can have that uncomfortable face to face talk. But when your friend is hurt and you don't see them that often then the process of fixing or repairing the relationship will take time.
Sometimes a friend will react immediately when you say something off the wall, and other times it takes time to get a reaction from them. Remember everyone is different, they respond differently. Don't expect your friends to just "Let it slide" as quickly as you think they should have if the situation were reversed. We are all different in how we react. People who are quiet may need a few days just to think about what's happened to them before they really know how they feel or will react.
If you're the offender you might instantly realize you said something foolish and apologize on the spot, only to have your friend nod in agreement and say nothing. At that point in time you may think it's over, but maybe it really isn't. Give your friend some time to process your apology and see if any discussion is necessary.
But don't let too much time pass! If your friend starts to pull away from you, make every effort to make things right with your friend...that's key!
In a perfect world It'd be nice if we could always mend our broken friendships. But there are some things that once spoken can never be taken back that do irreparable harm to close relationship. If this is what has happened to you then your friend may decide to move on with the friendship, or avoid the closeness that you once shared.
Your friend may need to build up trust with you again and that will take time. They probably will be distant for a while and that's ok, while they learn to trust you again. Healing a relationship takes time and if you value that friendship you will give as much time that is needed for the healing to work.
It can be extremely painful when you're sorry for something you said or did and your friend still will not forgive you. It hurts even more when you know that the pain you have caused someone seems to always be at the tip of their tongue or just a thought away when you spend time with them....it's just there and it causes an uneasiness between you. Let time heal your friendship, and be open and honest and allow your friendship to heal over time.
Do you need help in healing a broken relationship? Is there someone that you want to reconnect with and want help in making that happen. Are you grieving over a broken relationship and need help in moving on? If you answered yes to any of these questions give Dr. Mike a call he can help you.