Guilt is safe. It's easier than remorse. Remorse gives you power.
But guilt lets you off the hook.
It's easy to feel bad about the past, because then you don't have to change anything -- after all, you can't change the past! Instead of looking to how you can do better in the future, you cling to the misery of what you did before.
It's an indulgence. It's like eating watching TV instead of going for a walk. In the moment, it may feel like the best thing, but it doesn't serve you. It doesn't strengthen you. It weakens you!
If You Want To Feel Really Good, Get Into Remorse
Remorse is empowering. It gives you power over your life. Guilt makes you a helpless victim ... of yourself.
Others assign you guilt as you're growing up, and then you learn to do it to yourself. Feeling guilty makes you a victim of others, long after they're no longer in your life.
But only you can choose remorse. No one can force it on you. It's an expression of true ethics -- your own inner knowing of what is right action and what is not.
This is why remorse is empowering.
Which is more fun, in the long run: empowerment or victimisation?
Where remorse is productive, guilt is only destructive.
Guilt destroys your ...
compassion for yourself,
And it leads you to hurt others in a similar way. If you're going to suffer guilt, you want to make sure others suffer it too!
In every way, guilt decreases the well-being of the world.
You can't afford to indulge yourself in guilt and shame any more! They are hugely destructive. In the 2012 Transition that we're going through, forgiveness is much more powerful and productive.
Remorse Really Feels Better
Remorse is the advanced version, the 21st Century option. Remorse is a positive emotion because ...
It allows you compassion for not being perfect
It holds open the door to being an even better you
It inspires and encourages you to do better
It focuses on the future, on how you can be more of who you want to be
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