The Guilt Kit

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Posted by Terry S. ( on June 20, 2000 at 13:34:07:


I read of a New Jersey artist who capitalized on people's
needless guilt by selling them "guilt kits." Each kit contained
ten disposable brown paper bags and a set of instructions which
said, "Place bag securely over your mouth, take a deep breath and
blow the guilt out. Dispose of bag immediately." Amazingly,
about 2,500 kits sold at $2.50 each! The artist was in tune with
just how much guilt people seem to carry around with them.

Of course, guilt serves its purpose, and I understand the use of
the kit as a symbol of ridding ourselves of unnecessary, or
destructive guilt. But guilt might better be handled at its root.
To live free from needless guilt, try these steps:

1. If a mistake was made, resolve never to repeat that mistake.
The whole function of guilt is to change behavior.

2. Seek forgiveness from any others who were affected, if

3. Use your spiritual resources. There is great power in knowing
that, in an ultimate sense, you are forgiven.

4. Forgive yourself. No purpose is served in continuing to whip
yourself over past events you can do nothing else about.

If you follow these steps, you can rid your life of unnecessary
guilt. I believe that you will find that you are happier and
healthier -- and you can save the brown paper bags for lunch

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