Wasn’t it Elton John who said saying sorry is the hardest word? Lately, I’ve become exceptionally good at it. I keep running into colleagues and fans and friends and strangers at parties who have a serious bone to pick with me.
Why are you quitting?!
While I don’t exactly believe in psychic ability (um, sure? … maybe?), I’m pretty sure I’ve been a mind-reader this past month. From big meetings to one-on-one’s there’s been people giving me side-eyes at every turn. And the emails, messages, tweets … I can’t even keep up. If your message is still buried somewhere in my 1700+ emails waiting to be read — my apologies. (And no, that number is not an exaggeration.)
Then there are the friends who’ve pulled me aside to tell me I’m making a “huge mistake.” Wow. Ouch. Really, don’t hold back. Actually, maybe you could tone it down just a touch … holiday spirit and all that?
But truly, madly, deeply … message received! There is no need to tattoo it on my face. You have been heard. Loudly. Clearly.
So, this being #GivingTuesday — a day to remember all those valuable non-profits with the charity of the season — here’s my gift to you, dear readers and Siren loyalists, I’m not quitting. Call it a gesture of goodwill, a Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanza/Yuletide/Santa gift. The Sin City Siren is not ending, at least not any time soon. Provided you get over being mad at me, we shall go forth and continue to fight in 2014 and beyond.
Mea culpa. Es tut mir lied. I’m sorry.
I’m willing to admit when I’ve made a wrong turn. What can I say? I’m not perfect. But let it not be said that I can’t learn a lesson and make a course-correction. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years it is that we humans have an incredible capacity for kindness, cruelty, forgiveness, and yes, change.
I have no idea what’s next for The Sin City Siren. But I hope you’ll be there with me to find out.
Now, for reals, go give something to a much more worthy cause for #GivingTuesday.