Most of us have been in situations where a part of our self starts acting on its own.
One example of this is the common situation when we open our mouth and starts speaking before thinking.
Somewhere in our brains there is a process (our conscience) that will stop us from saying dumb things. If this process is operating in a degraded mode, it won’t be able to keep up the pace with the process currently in charge of “the speaking”. Instead of blocking your ability to speak at all it will just let you continue the conversation but without the ability for you to double check every sentence you are about to speak in your mind (e.g. we have lost contact with our conscience).
After each of these accidents we typically start feeling guilty after a while. This feeling typically occurs when our conscience has gotten back to speed and realized what just had happen a couple of moments (or hours) ago. Our conscience obviously has the ability to queue up work for later processing.
The guilt you are now feeling is most probably telling you that you need to correct yourself by performing an excuse. This action is called a compensating action. Whenever we realized that we were wrong we get this urge of doing something to compensate for it.
But there are many ways of performing these actions. An excuse can be delivered on a card along with flowers. Or we could just apply a quite popular pattern called Forget it ever happened. Either way, we have performed some sort of compensating action due to the fact that our conscience was unable to operate there for a moment.
Now, instead of applying this to yourself on a typical Friday night, apply it to your system!