Dwelling In Guilt

Dwelling in guilt is like living your life with an anchor tied to your ankles, dragging you down.

I struggle with guilt. There. I SAID IT…Well, I’ve typed it anyways. And that did make me feel a bit better.

Iyanla Vanzant said it best: "Guilt is a wasted emotion." I’ve been fighting with guilt for as long as I can remember - yes, even as a child - and until a few years ago it was like I was moving through life with a weight tied around my neck. I am definitely better about it now, but in all honesty it will most likely always be something I’ll have to work on. However, it’s about me understanding this emotion and managing it as best I can.

So what exactly is guilt? Well, its technical definition is an emotion that has you feeling or believing you’ve done something wrong or you’re responsible for something bad, as well as leaves you stuck on thoughts or feelings that you haven’t lived up to your ideal self or earned something you deem worthy. The sources of guilt are as expansive as your imagination. Close your eyes, point in any direction, and you can find something to feel or be guilty about.