Ever find yourself with your foot in your mouth? You're at a (manufactured) picnic and you slam the appearance of the cookies on the table. No?
“I’m not sure about these cookies,” Romney said, looking at the women and around the table. “They don’t look like you made them. Did you make those cookies? You didn’t, did you? No. No. They came from the local 7-Eleven bakery or wherever.”
We are all human and at times say things we would like to take back. The more confident we are in our own skin, authentic with the people in our company, the more we are honest with ourselves, the less we will freak out Miss Manners. That's the proactive step to ensure politeness.
If you happen to be in the company of someone making a rude comment, it is best not to return the rudeness. The others at the table with Mitt made the right choice.
What if you are rude?
How to Apologize
1. Be aware of everything you say and constantly assess what you have done right and wrong.
2. Say "I apologize for _______________________."
3. Repair the situation. If you made fun of someone's cookies, then buy them a batch of their favorites.
Take special note. Not all that is broken can be repaired, this is a consequence we all must accept.
4. Go on and live life without making the bad choice again.