Recently, a loved one said her therapist told her she shouldn’t feel guilty about anything and I wondered how would that work for me? I don’t mean the type of guilt that pulls you down with the feeling that you can’t escape but the one which causes you to rise above your own “ego”. This is the type of guilt which makes you drive hours to see a loved one because if you didn’t you might feel bad and others would enhance that feeling. It is the guilt that has you clean up the kitchen even though your body says it’s nap time or even say you are sorry for no other reason than you feel guilty for the way another one feels. Guilt actually lifts me up or at least the fear of it swarming after me as I work harder, apologize faster, and generally work to be a better person feeling as it’s about to nip out my toes. Except for the extremes like a murderer, rapist, con-artist (not really artistic) no person should feel guilty the majority of time but a healthy balance of this feeling can lift one to actually feel good. Guilt you can’t live with it but you can’t live without it.