Is it Too Late to Say Sorry – Tips on What to Write in an Apology Card

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Is it every too late to say you are sorry? What kind of question is that? Of course it isn’t ever too late to say you are sorry. However, if you wait too long your apology may not get the same results as if you apologize more quickly. So my very first tip is to apologize as soon as you realize you made a mistake or hurt someone’s feelings.

The most important thing no matter when you make that I’m sorry is to make sure it is genuine. Don’t say, “I’m sorry” just because you are trying to move past whatever the bad situation is. If you are not truly sorry than don’t say it. You will regret it and will probably do the same thing that got you in this position again.

When you say, “I’m sorry,” you should make a point of repeating what it is you are apologizing for. This way, the person you are speaking to knows that you understand exactly what it is that you did wrong. Taking ownership of the error of your ways is important.

Although it is never too late to say you are sorry, it is imperative to apologize and correct any wrongdoing on your part at some point.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula August 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

I think “Sorry” has become a convenient & casual word that gets overused without much meaning behind it.
I’m immune to the word unless you add something that sounds sincere, and that goes especially for the sad-faced emojis people add to their emails!

Cathy August 15, 2017 at 9:31 am

You’re right- it’s never too late to say you’re sorry. And you have to be sincere about it. In the workplace it’s important to own up to a mistake or a slight that may have caused someone some distress.

Ted August 15, 2017 at 9:35 am

This is really hard for some guys to handle. But the sooner you do it, the better the results. Saying sorry as soon as possible works wonders, but a delayed word or two should always be appreciated.

Katy August 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

A while back someone wrote a song about ” Sorry seems to be the hardest word”. Why? It’s only human to make a mistake, so it should be only human to apologize.

Sandy August 15, 2017 at 11:24 am

What I dislike is the automatic, quick Sorry that sounds like the person really doesn’t feel sorry for their mistake, but is saying it just to wiggle out.

Stella August 15, 2017 at 11:27 am

I always say I’m sorry if my mistake caused a problem at work. I’ve taught the kids to own up to their mistakes as well. It’s not the end of the world to err; you just need to take responsibility for it.

Pam August 15, 2017 at 11:31 am

A friend got engaged in January and I sent a check, which I know she cashed. But no Thank You was ever sent. I think she owes me at least that, and maybe a Sorry it took so long, as well.

Dana August 15, 2017 at 11:34 am

It’s so true. If you need to apologize it doesn’t matter if you’re late doing it. Just be sincere & get it done. You both will feel better.

Bette August 15, 2017 at 11:49 am

I’ve never seen a ” Sorry ” card but a plain note card would do as well. The phone & email are used too often now. I’ve heard that penmanship is no longer a subject in school. What a shame!

Lucinda August 17, 2017 at 10:54 am

Sorry should be a handwritten note or an in person meeting. It should never been sent via text or e-mail. It needs to be personal.

Molly August 17, 2017 at 10:56 am

The title sounds like a Justin Bieber song…..aaaah! And now it is stuck in my head.

Carole August 17, 2017 at 10:59 am

It is never good to wait ages to apologize, but better late than never. It just might not be well-received when it comes too far down the road from the incident…

Jeff August 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm

It’s always nice to say sorry and make amends.

Petra August 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm

It’s never too late to say, “I’m sorry”. When one doesn’t apologize for wrong-doing, eventually, a guilty conscience eats away at them!

Kathleen August 24, 2017 at 9:56 am

I usually apologize in person, and quickly. But I see value in a card that says Sorry when you can’t get to the person quickly. I’m glad for the suggestion.

Mason August 24, 2017 at 9:59 am

Unusual as it seems, a card may work better for guys who just can’t get out the words to say I’m sorry. I know it will help me when I can’t manage a face-to-face.

Shannon September 6, 2017 at 1:45 pm

The sooner the better, but late is better than never apologizing. It is the mature thing to do.

Ajanaye Fleming September 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm

I think an apology card is great because it shows you took time to not only realize you were wrong but write out an apology, which means to me that their apology is sincere.

reggie September 18, 2017 at 10:47 am

Saying you’re sorry in an email, a text or over the phone doesn’t quite cut it if the gaff was major. A note is always a better way to go, especially if you’ve put it off or if you’re too shy to deal in person.

Sunshine October 5, 2017 at 3:57 pm

An apology card is amazing. Recently, someone apologized to me in person, but I wish he just gave me a card because I really didn’t even want to see him because of the pain he inflicted on me.

Many people find it hard to apologize, and in person, it can be very difficult. Many might even mess up their words in person, but in a card, you have much more time to think about what to say, and it shows that you invested your time and money to make someone feel better.

Sasha October 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm

It is never too late to say sorry, but you might not get an apology back if you wait too long. Promptness will yield better results.

Nina April 24, 2018 at 5:11 pm

I agree that it’s never too late to say Im sorry

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