To make amends can be viewed two ways: first, that of repairing
damage, for if I have damaged my neighbor's fence, I "make
a mend," and that is a direct amend; the second way is by
modifying my behavior, for if my actions have harmed someone,
I make a daily effort to cause no further harm. I "mend my
ways," and that is an indirect amend. Which is the best approach?
The only right approach, provided that I am causing no further
harm in so doing, is to do both. If harm is done, then I simply
"mend my ways." To take action in this manner assures me of
making honest amends.