I have a relative, with whom I had bad behaviour. Not rude, not mean, just that I had not the good words, I did not send much text messages, and thus I was not there when this relative needed me (no big issues were faced, though).
Now, I have an awkward relationship with this relative: I usually meet as a tradition between relatives, but not face-to-face, and we have not that much to say to each other.
- I still don't have the "good word at the right time"
- I am scared of what I could say because it will be badly perceived
While I'm trying to act better now, it is not that efficient, so I'm considering apologizing clearly about the past. I am not sure I could find the words, and I am not sure that relative will let me explain clearly before reacting.
How could I communicate clearly my feelings about past and present situations? I want to minimize the possible risks of misunderstanding.