I have just experienced a little dose of how Hilary Swank felt when she forgot to thank her husband at the Oscars. She must have felt horrible and, being in the public eye, made it fodder for the press. But noone could have made her feel worse than she herself felt. How do I know this? Well, I don't know about her. But I do know about my 'lack of memory' moment.
During a presentation, I neglected to mention a good pal of mine who has been a gem. As soon as I finished and took my bow, the realization hit me and I went right over and apologized. My oversight resulted in his feelings being hurt and that made me feel horrible.
What can we do when we mess up? Address the oversight, apologize and take responsibility . And then, the rest is up to the apologizee. While I don't know what Chad Lowe said or how he felt, I bet he knew how easy it is to forget when the microphone, lights and pressure are on. I hope he cut her some Oscar slack.
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