When You Feel Guilty…

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Guilt isn’t something that will necessarily paralyse you from being a better person. All it is, is a signal to yourself that you are aware that something isn’t quite right.

And guess what - you have all the power to do something to fix it.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but given my current circumstances, there have been so many instances where a pang of guilt felt like it was splitting my heart in two. For instance—feeling bad about not spending enough quality time with the children because of work, wishing I could serve my customers in a more timely manner but not being able to because I’m mostly just a one-man show, falling asleep on the couch when the kids are still alert and in need of attention, feeling guilty that I am more frequently taking the short cut way of keeping the children out of my hair so I can get work done by switching on the TV of handing them our iPads.

I hate seeing them zoning out in front of the TV.

There’s nothing anyone else can do to make me feel better about these situations, except if I take action myself.

So I found myself almost subconsciously reaching out for solutions to address these ‘imbalances’.

I finally plucked up the courage and made the effort to ask for part timers to join me in Kinder Soaps. I paid more attention to posts from other mommies on FB about how they keep their own kids occupied in a non-digital way (and boy am I glad for the additional ideas!), and I had to actively remind myself that I will never be able to make ALL my customers 100% happy, but I can sure as heck keep trying to improve my processes to help me stay on track.

I guess all I’m saying is that if you happen to be trapped in a rut of guilt, don’t despair. Guilt is a good indicator of you having a healthy conscience, and I’m sure that you’ll be able to find a way for you to set things right.

We will never be perfect, here on this side of heaven. We will all falter along the way. The most important thing we can do is to pick ourselves up whenever we stumble, acknowledge that the particular situation we’re facing isn’t ideal, then take positive actions to get ourselves back on the right track and be an even better person than we were before.

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