Letting go of guilt

Perhaps it was the confessions I was required to make as a child growing up in the Catholic Church. “Bless me Father, for I have sinned.” Or the societal pressure to be productive–every minute, every day. Or my own need to feel worthy by devoting my life to the greater good–whatever that may be, or engaging in demanding professions during the first half of ¬†life.

For whatever reason, I feel guilty about simple pleasures–reading a page-turner novel during the day (oh, my), waking up without an alarm clock, starting my day at 10 a.m. after a leisurely read of the paper and a splash in the pool, spending an afternoon browsing shops when I’m not on vacation. living life without a clearly articulated goal staring me in the face.

Is it possible to let go of guilt in a single day? This is a question to you, dear reader. Help me on this. Can a lifelong commitment to responsible living be transformed by writing a single blog?

I start today with this intention: I release unnecessary guilt by valuing¬†who I am, not simply what I do. When that nagging thought–Shouldn’t you be doing something more productive?–arises, I will return to this intention.

Hey, are there other guilt-ridden former careerists, former confessors, former do-gooders out there who now embrace pleasure unabashedly? Or who would like to? We’d love to hear from you.

Diane

 

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