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Monday, July 6, 2009

Cruising and Personal Responsibility

It’s been more than a week since we returned from our Baltics cruise and I had intended to write posts detailing our grand adventure. Trust me when I tell you that, for the most part, Hubby and I enjoyed our trip immensely. The weather was spectacular, the ship was fine, the ports and excursions were fascinating. I took lots and lots of photos and eventually I will try and post them here for your enjoyment.

So why have I been so reticent about regaling you with stories? Quite frankly, it’s because an end-of-the-trip incident occurred which has left a terrible pain in my heart. I won’t go into details but I will say that it involves the friends we were traveling with and has more than likely created irreparable schisms in our relationships that have existed for many, many years.

The saddest part is that all it would have taken to overcome this split would have been a simple “I’m sorry.” But I have disappointedly discovered that not all adults are willing take personal responsibility for their actions and own up when they have done something to hurt another. Why is it that so many adults cannot find it in themselves to say "I'm sorry"…and how truly sad is that?

8 comments:

Lynne said...

It's a shame that your wonderful trip was marred by this incident.

But I'd love to see some pictures of the fun places that you saw!

Renee said...

I agree with Lynne. I'm so sorry that this happened to you.

I hope that I get to see your pictures soon, but don't worry...I can wait.

Betty said...

I'm sorry your trip ended badly. Looking forward to your pics, when you are able to post them.

OBTW, I just now figured out who you are-on Twitter. I'm a bit slow on the uptake, I guess. lol Twitter still has me a bit addled.

Lynn said...

I think that sometimes people don't take the time to see how their actions impact others...and when their poor behavior is pointed out to them...they are embarasses and become defensive. Still they do need to be held accountable for their actions. Sorry you had this experience : (

rosemary said...

I am really sorry the trip ended badly, Joan...Steve and I learned the hard way. Took a trip to Jamaica with our best friends....umm problems at the end but we thought it was a fluke. So, we went to Ireland with them....these trips were done with Steve using his miles for tickets for everyone....yup....everyone. Ireland? Horrible trip. Never again. It did ruin a friendship...and you are right....sorry and thank you go a long, long way. while it is nice to have people you know and love go on a trip with you...alone is usually better.

Kathy said...

The friend thing is horribly painful. We had a similar situation years ago.
We're thinking about doing the Baltic Cruise on NCL. On whom did you cruise?
PS Stopping by from Sweet VA Breeze. Will do so again!!

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