In life, we are taught basic rules for survival. Like looking left and right before crossing the street. That, or risk being a roadkill. Or worse, a roadkiller.
But there are times when we completely forget about this childhood lesson. We are so much in a hurry to get to our destination that we… BAM! The door of your cab hitting the motorcycle that just sped by..
Ano ba? Di ka tumitingin sa paligid mo!
Sa susunod tumingin tingin ka muna bago ka bumaba!
You’re frozen for a minute or two, unable to comprehend how this basic rule could elude you. But then you’re reminded of life’s other basic rule: apologizing for your mistake.
Sorry po. Hindi ko po sinasadya.
Nawala lang po talaga sa isip ko.
There are three requirements for an effective apology: (1) humility (to admit that you were wrong), (2) courage (to own up to your mistake), and (3) good timing (to get the other to forgive you).
Right now, you only have 2 out of these 3. He’s still fuming mad, face beet red, eyes blazing; but the lady with him gave you a kind smile.
And it that moment, it’s enough.