During this season of Lent, many of my friends have given up various items from alcohol to television. Though I’m not Catholic, I do appreciate the idea of prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial to cleanse the mind, body, and soul. In my own personal pursuit of self-denial, my sacrifice this season is Guilt. I have chosen to free my mind and allow my actions to be dictated by Love and Desire to serve others instead of being chained by the feelings of obligation that result in resentment.
Did you know every emotion has a purpose? The purpose of guilt is to compel one to act to do what’s right. The problem with that is there are so many versions of what’s right. Is it right for you or the person asking? Is it right for your family or for your boss? We get bombarded with feelings of guilt if we don’t spend enough time with our children, but we have deadlines to meet and money to make so we can provide for our family. We have been given the gift of Guilt to help us feel bad when we didn’t do what we should have done.
So why give it up if it’s meant to compel us to do what’s right? My reason is simple. I have chosen to live with integrity- to align my thoughts and actions with my values and personal truths. I look at every situation and assess what will best fit who I am and who I feel called to be. If every decision I make is done with integrity, I don’t have to feel guilty. I understand what I choose to do comes from moving my life in the direction of Love and Truth. And if I stay on my path, it may not always agree with others and their agendas, but I am living in my Truth. I am doing my best each and every time. There can be no guilt when my intentions are pure.
It’s not too late to choose the Not Guilty verdict for your own life. How much better can it be if you gave it up? What a difference would it make in your relationships? Share your stories to give each other hope! Come be found!