Overcoming Negative Emotions: Guilt

Overcoming Negative Emotions: Guilt

There seems to be this movement towards all things positive. Even things we've been taught all our lives were wrong.
In this blog series I'm going to take a dive into a few negative emotions we all deal with in our lives.
After all, in a world of balance positives and negatives are relatives.
What Is Guilt?
guilt /ɡilt/
1: the fact of having committed a breach of conduct especially violating the law and involving a penalty
2: a: the state of one who has committed an offense especially consciously
b: feelings of deserving blame especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy
3: a feeling of deserving blame for offenses


My friends, I have been in this place of guilt.
There are many of us who carry the guilt of bad decisions for years. Some for most of our lives.
Carrying the weight of guilt may lead one to depression, anxiety, or even suicide. But it doesn't have to be that way.
We have the option to be delivered from feeling guilty.
Sometimes we're guilty about people we have wronged or ashamed of things we have done. But this is a sign of goodness.
Having the ability to acknowledge when you have done wrong means you have a heart. It also means you have the where-with-all to accept responsibility for your actions.
Many times, as a woman, it's easy to put the blame on someone else for our actions instead of holding ourselves accountable. This is counter-productive.
Not taking responsibility for your wrong-doings not only further damages your relationships but also digs you deeper into the pit of guilt. Deep down you know you are wrong but don't want to admit it.
Once we are able to accept our shortcomings we are then able to do the work necessary to be better.
In this instance, is guilt an emotion we should hate or a vehicle to be used to become the best version of ourselves?
I personally am thankful for those humbling moments when I am reminded that I am still a work in progress.
Using these moments as motivation to do better is always a plus.
Instead of getting down on yourself and blaming others for your downfalls, look at your mistakes as an opportunity to allow a new way of thinking to navigate your life.
This series is going to challenge how we think about negative emotions.

Cheers to Growth

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