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Lose Your Guilt and Shame, and Gain Your Life


Monday, October 21, 2013

For a fair amount of my life, I spent my time feeling guilty (spending so much family money on clothes because of requiring extra-large sizes) or shamed (for being overweight). I became so accustomed to those feelings that they became "normal" for me--not a good thing. I found myself wallowing in my negative emotions, with no motivation to remedy my situation, especially since those around me gave me positive reinforcement for my woes ("poor Lynne").

The one who led me out of this negativity was the youth pastor at my church. He called me on my sh*t and helped me discover ways to move forward past my addiction to my heavy emotions. It took me several months to "kick the habit" of guilt and shame, but my pastor's support made it possible.

Today while surfing the 'Net, I ran across an article which presents some ideas for dealing with guilt and shame:

kctherapist.blogspot.com
/2008/07/dealing-with-guil
t-and-shame.html


I wish the best to all of my fellow Sparkers. You have made a positive difference in my life.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LISBETHSALANDER 10/25/2013 3:40PM

    What great news that you have recognized the G&S and have "kicked the habit." I struggled very much with these for most of my life and have in the last few months found that I can turn that filter off. I read an essay a book review this morning stating that Shakespeare's Hamlet is about shame. I haven't stopped thinking about that all day. Thanks for sharing.

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LOFLLAMA 10/22/2013 5:47PM

  Guilt & shame serve a purpose. Not to do THAT anymore & learn a lesson. Then it's time to put G&S where they belong....AWAY! Great blog, Lynne!

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CAROLJEAN64 10/22/2013 12:31PM

    I added this to my bookmarks. I think it is the best essay I have read on this subject.

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MRS_TOAD 10/22/2013 7:26AM

    Will be checking out the link. Thanks sharing! emoticon

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