“As products of an imperfect world, all of us are imperfect.” HH Dalai Lama
I read this quote recently and it got me thinking about guilt, and our propensity to suffer from it. Every one of us has done something wrong at sometime in our lives. There are things we will always regret:
Things we have done
Things we should have done
Things we didn’t do
I think mothers have a special gift for harbouring guilt. We feel such an enormous sense of responsibility that it is easy to feel guilty when we feel like we’re failing to meet our high, although often impossible to achieve, expectations.
It is true that acknowledging our wrongdoings with a genuine sense of remorse is useful to keep us on the right track in life, and encourage us to put things right whenever possible. But if we allow ourselves to wallow in excessive guilt, with continued self-blame and self-hatred, it will serve no purpose other than to be a relentless source of self-punishment and self-induced suffering.
My advice? Give up the guilt.
Work on being the best Mompreneur, the best daughter, friend, sister or lover that you can be. Know that you are doing the best that you can in every given moment. Be gentle with yourself and make your existence a joyful one.