Alongside the enjoyment, there have been a lot of reflections on don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover Susan Boyle.

We can now add to that, after her performance on Sunday, Simon Cowell apologising to Susan,

You know what, I just want to apologise because of the way we treated you before you sang the first time. You made me and everyone else look very stupid and I’m very happy for you, very proud for you.

Apologising is (too) often seen as a sign of weakness. Actually it is a sign of inner strength. As is accepting an apology without diminishing the person who apologises. Many (most?) services include saying “sorry” – it may be in a confession and absolution, it may be in the form of the Lord’s Prayer, where “forgive us” is said with the confidence of a preciously loved child.

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