Guilt is a Healthy Feeling, but...
"I forgive myself and then I move on. You can sit there forever lamenting about how bad you have been, feeling guilty until you die, and not one tiny slice of that guilt will do anything to change a single thing in the past." Dr. Wayne Dyer
Guilt is a normal, healthy feeling associated with things we've done in our addiction that we find unacceptable when we are clean. If you don't feel some guilt when entering recovery, it certainly is not a good sign. Sociopaths don't feel guilt, but I don't think you're a sociopath if you're reading this book focused on creating a life free from addiction. What is not healthy is feeling guilt over and over, 479,000 times. This is not necessary and not productive in your new life. Feeling this guilt and working on its resolution is a critical aspect of recovery. The goal is to change our behavior so we never have to feel this level of guilt again. Now that's freedom. Previously I discussed making amends for what we've done and making it up to those we hurt. This will help with your negative feelings and will create the freedom you desire. Guilt is like carrying around cement blocks everywhere we go. It's very enjoyable to release these and float along each day without this baggage holding us down.
What guilty feelings are you holding onto?
Is this guilt helping you in your life or making you feel like you deserve to use? Guilt is a very deceptive feeling that feeds our illness.
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Today I will not allow guilt to fuel my addiction and create even more guilt in my life.
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