There will come a time when we will say or do something that would cause a rift between a friend and ourselves. If you’re both forgiving, you’ll kiss and make up. Other times you’ll go on leading separate lives, that is, until the next social event. (You're at a popular restaurant, or you might have forgotten that you have the same friends.) What would be the proper thing to do? For those of you who can’t deal with the awkward run-in, here are a few tips to help you get by:
1. As a rule of thumb, one should apologize, promptly. This is something you shouldn’t even wait for. Had you fixed things back then, you wouldn’t even be in this situation.
2. But that certainly doesn’t mean that you should be too eager, too. Timing is everything. Don’t be the weirdo that walks in mid conversation with a dramatic “I’m sorry.” Your life is not a Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-movie.
3. Mean what you say and say what you mean. "I'm sorry you feel that way," isn’t an apology, says etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas, Diane Gottsman. Fake apologies are just T-A-C-K-Y.
4. Say it to their face. You'll be surprised at the number of people who will still send a text message even when they're in the same room together.
5. It’s better late than never. Even if its long overdue, it’s never too late to patch things up.
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