Flavours of Thought : Recipe 12: Handling Guilt
Recipe 12: Handling Guilt
Excerpted from Flavours of Thought: Recipes for Fresh Thinking by Tom Evans
Guilt can have the ability to debilitate and trip you up when things are going well. When you begin to savour the simplicity and efficacy of these recipes, life will suddenly become easier for you. People will make comment and they may even become jealous. This could stir guilt up in you.
Many belief systems teach us that life has to be hard. This is a message from false gods of man's making designed for purposes of control.
So collect your wits when guilt appears. Nobody else can breathe for you, love for you or think for you. If life is going well for you, so long as it is not at the expense of others, there is no need for guilt.
Scuba divers are taught to breathe their own air first before sharing it with others.
This is the revolution required in our thinking. Do not be guilty in breathing and loving your life just before others.
The final flavour seals this recipe. It is about making a big connection. Although we seem separate, we are all connected.
Rather than being guilty at seemingly being better off than others, share the secret. There is more than enough to go around.
As Chief Seattle once said, "All things are connected. Whatever we do to the web of life, we do to ourselves. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth."
It is time to lose the guilt as it doesn't serve you or others. •
Renaissance Man and Imagineer Tom Evans is the author of four books and counting about creativity. More »