September 21, 2018

Guilt- the hidden “should”

GuiltIf there is one emotion that sums up modern living, it’s guilt. We are an increasingly guilt ridden society. For some people guilt is lurking behind almost every choice they make. Working full time and therefore not spending as much time with the kids: guilt! Spending time with the kids so not bringing money in and contributing to household finances: guilt! Going to the friend’s party that doesn’t really appeal rather than going to that yoga class your body craves: guilt! Ditching that good friend’s party in order to grab a bit of downtime: guilt! On and on, and on it goes. A seemingly endless and un-winnable cycle of guilt drains energy and joy out of our day.

Here are some important things to know about guilt:

Guilt has a purpose. It’s a handy prompt to examine your choices. Could you have made a different or better choice? What can you learn for next time? Okay – good information – adjust your future choices accordingly. Happy with the choice when you actually reflect on it? Again – good to know. No need to feel guilty if it’s still the best choice you could have made at the time. So drop the guilt – it is serving no purpose.

 

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