I found an entry in blog called, Sprigs. The author has made a list about all the things that she is guilty about and it REALLY got me thinking. I am a woman of guilt. After reading the list in the Sprigs blog I couldn't believe how many of her guilts were similar to mine. I'm not going to spend time writing about all the things I feel guilty about (and there are a lot) but I want to think about why I, and I guess, women in general, feel so guilty about things. Things that really we shouldn't even feel guilty for.
For instance, when I began looking for a new job while working in family literacy and I got that new job, I felt a horrible sense of guilt when my co workers did not have jobs upon being laid off. Feeling empathetic is one thing, but I felt down right guilty. I shouldn't have. We all had the same information at the same time. We all knew that the program would most likely be closed. Yet, I was one of the few staff who decided to do something with that information. When I had a job lined up (one that I was VERY excited to start, mind you) and my co workers did not I felt aweful that I was going to be okay and they were very likely going to be spending the rest of the summer struggeling financially if they didn't find something soon.
So I ask all of you who feel guilty--why do you? What can you do to let go of so much guilt? And, if you don't feel guilty about things--how do you keep yourself from feeling guilty?