Category: Goodness not Guilt

Practicing Compassionate Patience

Since last fall our household has been navigating a substantial disappointment.  In the aftermath of our experience, amidst the agony of confusion, self-doubt, and just plain hurt, I feel unsettled about my ability to trust myself and anyone else, including God.  As I acquaint…

Goodness not Guilt: “…if I had [time], I would give.”

All around it seems there are needs that beg to be acknowledged with at least a loving outreach.  During stretches where my own time is scarce, I am often left to stand by and watch a friend move with feeble knees, or see a…

Goodness not Guilt: The Puppy

On Saturday, we welcomed a fluffy red-haired, four-legged soul into our family.  We love her sweet little dark eyed face and we’re getting to know her better.  For instance, apparently she sleeps much better with a nightlight.  Who knew a $2.50 blue light could…

Goodness not Guilt 2.27.13

I’ve been thinking about the what a gift it is to be able to learn from my own choices.  Along those lines, I feel much more inclined to do something if I’ve chosen it (as opposed to feeling obligated to it).  I think this…

Goodness not Guilt 1.19.13

When it comes to motivation, I don’t believe guilt is inspiring.   In fact, if anything, it can be kind of immobilizing.  Sure, it may come in handy for making course corrections after big-ticket indiscretion but in terms of day-to-day self talk, guilt is toxic…