Remember the clips yesterday from the film, 'The Shawshank Redemption'?
Guilt was the main character, Andy's, problem.
He was imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit. The only reason he didn't commit it was because someone else beat him to it. Because he had the intention, he felt guilty and ashamed.
As a first step, let go of the guilt for today. What happened....happened. It's done. It's time to move on. You still have a life to live.
Nearly all of the 8 billion people who live on our planet have done something they feel terrible about. They carry it around with them almost every day.
Most of them will say that what they did - or didn't prevent - makes them the worst of all humans. And they're wrong. We all do things we feel horrible about. All of us.
Yet there's a perspective we can't see that if we did see it, then we could let go of the guilt.
Since we all face the same struggle, be the one today to move on with the understanding that, as you do so, you give others permission to do so, too.
We'll worry about tomorrow....tomorrow.
It’s a journey. It's not a 'one and done' kind of thing. Journeys by definition are not usually short or easy. Take all the time you need to let go completely. Just one day at a time and one step at a time until it's all in the past where it should remain. You have a present and future to focus on. You can't focus on today, much less tomorrow, if your mind is in the past.
How helpful was this step to you on a scale of 1 to 10, with (10) being most helpful?