Thursday, March 25, 2010
My Error and a Gracious Response
It sometimes seems to me like graciousness is a lost art in today's world. I was shown today that this is not totally true, at least in the blog world.
I made a typing error in a comment that I left on my friend Betty's blog A Glimpse Into Midlife. She wrote a wonderful post about her Mennonite heritage and the part that heritage plays in her community today in Filadelfia, Paraguay. A part of my comment was meant to say "I know you play a 'big' part in the life of your community. I instead typed "I know you play a 'bit' part in the life of your community. A "bit" part is defined as a small or insignificant role.....far from the truth about Betty.
I noticed my error a day after I made it when I went back to read the other comments left on this very interesting post. I was embarrassed and felt awful and immediately sent Betty an e-mail to apologize. Her very quick response was full of graciousness and humility. She called it a little mistake and said she knew what I meant. She allowed me to go from feeling awful to feeling good about our friendship.....the ultimate in graciousness.
Blog comments can be a slippery slope. Between typing errors and misunderstanding of the written word with no immediate exchange or explanation offenses may at times be taken. I hope we all benefit from the lesson of Betty's graciousness and continue to give one another the benefit of the doubt.