Friday, October 15, 2010


IATMA. I Apologize Too Much Anonymous.

Now that I've told you I'm part of this "anonymous" group, I might as well tell you everything. Chris and I created IATMA in our merely-flirting days when he pointed out that I, well, apologize too much. I apologize for everything. For being in someone's way when they're squeezing past my knees in a theater. For not writing "milk" in clear-enough handwriting for Chris to read what it says.

My latest addition to this sad list took place yesterday. The young woman I'm meeting with asked me to hold her accountable to read her Bible during the week. I have quite a bit of trouble doing this. Last week, I didn't ask her, even though I remembered to. That was selfish. Bah. Sorry for being a bad person.

This week, though, I did ask her. Aren't you proud of me? Sorry, I had to ask!

However, I stumbled through the question with something along the lines of, "So, I really hate to ask you this, because I always feel bad, but since you asked me to..." Blah, blah, blah. She just laughed at me and told me she would keep me accountable to not apologize for pointless things.

Sorry that I'm not explaining where I'm going with this. I'll do so now. My apologizing addiction indicates how terrified I am of offending people! I hate offending people. It makes me a little sick to my stomach to think about. But I mean, if I'm going to be a Christian, which I am, then I'm going to offend someone at some point, right?

Anyhow, all this was further underscored when I was deciding on a memory verse for myself and my mentoree (pretty sure that's not a word, but whatevs). One particular verse was on my heart, but I was afraid to choose it because I didn't want my mentoree to think I was trying to send her some kind of message about how she should improve her life by doing more good, Christian-y things. I was so afraid of offending her--with scripture!--that I acted in my own earthly "wisdom" and kept my mouth shut. Later, the Spirit made clear it was the edifying verse we should memorize this week, and I shared it. Oy ve!

After that, I decided I need to start attending my IATMA meetings again.

I'll try not too apologize for missing so many of them lately.


  1. Hmmm. Duly noted that you say "sorry" in an apologetic way three times in your post (by intent I'm sure)?
    I don't believe it just relates to offending others, I believe it relates to desiring to always please others and being afraid that somehow you're not. This is an even bigger trap because we can never ALWAYS please everybody else. IATMA is a really good organization, and it has even helped your mother-in-law. ;)

  2. Definitely by intent. :)

    Yes, that is so true about wanting to please others. I can see progress, but it is quite slow! I'm so glad that God is not through with me yet!

  3. Hah! I think I am the president of IATMA! At least the local chapter! We need to talk about what God's speaking to me/doing in me about this. Love ya!

  4. Jaimie, your apologies offend me.


  5. PJ, You're cruel to an IATMA'er.

  6. Dang, PJ. This isn't in the IATMA handbook. Your comment will therefore be submitted to the National IATMA Council (NIATMAC) for study.

    Until then, you will be known as the ANTIATMA, or Acting Nemesis That Improving Apologizers will Take Measures to Avoid


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