“Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows behinds with whips and stings.” —Nicholas Rowe
Definition of guilt: a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether it’s real or imagined.
So yeah. Guilt is one of those things in life that really doesn’t have a good side, or a silver lining. It’s a force of negative power which limits our understanding and compassion of ourselves and those around us. Essentially, guilt blocks out truth. It keeps us trapped. Believing a viscous cycle of destructive internal dialogue and blocking out our innocence, our humanity, and our right to forgiveness.
In all honesty, the only productive choice to make when guilt arises—is to acknowledge it’s there and then let it go. Yes, maybe something could’ve been done differently, or better, or sooner, or later. But, all we have is now. Regret keeps us tied to the past, where we have little choice but to repeat our thoughts and actions, over and over again. By letting go, we can step forward and embrace a different choice, a new action.
We all deserve to live free of guilt. And each one of us can only free ourselves from its grip, no one can do it for us. You can do it. 🙂