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Apologies are powerful, transformative experiences. This week, use an apology as your creative springboard.

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In “An Apology from Anna Wintour,” Lulu recollects a formative experience in the life of a teenaged fashioned model: an apology from an unlikely source, the reputedly harsh fashion editor Anna Wintour.

Anna Wintour, the influential and famously prickly fashion editor, has been editor-in-chief of American Vogue since 1988 and was the inspiration for Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada.

Fourteen-year-old Lulu booked a prestigious job modeling for Savvy magazine, a potentially career-making shoot. But when the magazine was published, her photos were nowhere to be found. Her modeling agency didn’t know what had become of them, so she found the magazine’s address in its masthead and decided to write to Ms. Wintour directly, not knowing if it would even reach her.

Spoilers! It did.

I don’t think we actually thought she would get it. But she did. And if we ever thought she would receive it, we NEVER expected her to respond. But she did.

It is literally unheard of for a model — especially a run-of-the-mill unknown model — to receive a letter from a magazine editor for any reason, let alone an apology for photos not making the publication.

… Do I think Anna would write a letter like that today? I don’t know. I’m not sure. But she did it then & that is what matters to me.

Apologies — giving them, receiving them, accepting them, withholding them — are powerful; Anna Wintour’s had such an impact on Lulu that she wrote about it 35 years after the fact. They’re moments of vulnerability, of profound connection with another person of the sort that doesn’t happen every day, of transformation. There’s risk, and hopefully reward (although not always!).

In short, apologies have the kind of drama and catharsis that make for great posts.

This week’s challenge is all about sharing an apology. Publish a post that commemorates a significant apology you’ve given or received. Tell us about an apology you wish you’d gotten. Create a poem offering an apology you’d always meant to give, but never did. Share an image of the other person involved in yours, or a painting showing how the apology made you feel. Write a short story about an apology gone wrong. (And don’t forget to add the

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  1. This would be a very interesting topic to write about. Apologies are so poignant because they are so rare these days. I’ve even heard people say that apologizing is a form of weakness. I think it takes a lot of strength to apologize.

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  2. Apologies indeed are difficult to make because it is hard to admit that you were wrong and even harder to apologise to the person wronged. Though it seems to be a weakness, but in reality it is one of the greatest strengths.

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  3. Great idea Michelle! Apologies can make everyone involved feel so much better, so why are they so hard to give? One of the great mysteries of human behavior. I don’t normally join these challenges as I just want to write about what inspires me, but I may take this one on!

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    1. There is no question that he was in his element. Scout loves to be outside and prefers a snowy day. He was mentally relaxed, but physically he was ready to run! Thank you for reading. I’ll take a look at your post as well. Cheers.

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  4. Apologies!!!! A simple and very comforting word but for some people its very hard to do as they feel if they will say sorry or apologise for any of their hurting acts they can be treated as weak or wrong by others. the fact on the other hand this single act of apology can save many weird and highly disrupting situations if apologies are made at the right moment.

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  5. I decided to take the challenge and I have issued an apology to those that I have hurt in the past. I don’t consider an apology an apology unless the behavior is corrected, I will correct the behavior.

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  6. Sincerity is key. I’ve received some apologies before seemed were void of all meaning. Giving them, mending feelings and bridging friendships can be quite powerful.

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  7. apology so hard to give , and at the same time so hard to ask for…second thing which makes me realize why God wanted us to live the way he always dreamed off. A great idea to write.

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