Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Friday, March 26, 2010

AND I'LL NEVER, EVER DO IT AGAIN!


How well do you manage to place guilt trips on others? My children tell me that I am the queen of guilt. If I have turned out only half as talented as my mother was I will know I am good. Remembering that look on my mother’s stern face that said, “Haven’t I taught you better?” has probably saved me from making bad choices on more than one occasion.

I recently read a strange sentence about guilt. It was: “…guilt, in a way, is God’s gift to us.” This thought had never occurred to me before. Until that moment I had only thought of guilt as a burden in our lives that plagued us with this thing called conscience.

Can you see guilt as a gift? Who has served (or still serves) you up the best plate of guilt?

8 comments:

  1. Mom and sisters, of course. :)

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  2. Guilt makes me feel bad so it is hard to blame it on God. I can't blame it on my mother or sisters. They always told me I was great.
    It's my kids that make me feel guilty. I look back and think that, with them, I should have done a lot of things differently.......though I do tell myself that I did the best I knew how at the time.........but then I'm not really sure that is true.

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  3. My mother and partner pile the guilt on with a trowel. Sometimes I think it is good in the sense that if we didn't feel any guilt we'd never rectify our wrong doings. Or try to anyway.

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  4. Moms have a real knaack in the guilt department.

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  5. I am the best provider of my guilty feelings. I eat myself up all the time.

    I have a friend who can make me feel guilty, but my relatives never do.

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  6. I generally heap more guilt on myself than anyone else has to. I know when I have behaved badly or done something wrong.

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  7. Guilt is a completely useless emotion, in my opinion.

    Come to think of it, no one gives me guilt trips except me. I am trying not to, of course.

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  8. At church they taught us guilt was our conscience. If we feel it, we have a conscience, if not we're going to live in the fiery pits of HELL!! (No, they didn't say it quite like that but we all know what they meant.) :)

    PS - I know that look you're talking about. My mother STILL gives it to me! lol

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