Don’t confuse guilt and shame. Guilt is a reaction to bad behavior. It can be positive in that it can lead to real change. Shame is a lack of self-forgiveness and self-love. It is a thief. It robs us of joy and peace of mind, as well as, relationships and the freedom to experience new things untainted by the old. Shame can be earned or taught. Either way, it is destructive if harbored for too long. The release of shame is not an excuse for bad behavior, and it doesn’t mean we never apologize.It means we let go of false morality and untether the ropes and chains of others expectations or what we perceive their expectations to be.
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