Due to foreseen circumstances…

Almost every apology you see starts with something like this:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we apologize for…”

No one is going to say:

“Due to foreseen circumstances, we apologize for…”

Why? Because it implies that it can be avoided. That the problem has been anticipated but no one bothered to fix it, no one bothered to put up a notice sign saying we will be closed on so and so dates to deal with so and so foreseen circumstances.

It’s so much easier to pretend that it’s unforeseen. Oh, we didn’t know about that, sorry. Let us fix it now but in the meantime, we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Suppose you have a leaking pipe, you know that the leak will only worsen. Yet, you pretend not to see it. You wait until the day the pipe burst, then you put up a notice saying, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to close shop today. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Do you have any foreseen circumstances that you are ignoring? Perhaps you think you don’t need to declare it because it may or may not happen? What is stopping you from declaring your foreseen circumstances and addressing them? And why not be honest about it?


Due to foreseen circumstances, I won’t be able to publish that MVP until late February. It’s a mixture of my struggle writing long-form, which was foreseen from previous experience, and also schedule constraints these few weeks, which is also another foreseen circumstance. To keep myself accountable, I’m putting a hard deadline on 27th February for its publication.

Oh and by the way, some of my recent and upcoming posts were pre-written from a while ago, including this one, and scheduled to publish, albeit with some minor last minute edits, just so I can keep up with my one post per day goal.

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