Awakening refreshed after eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, you luxuriated in the memory of yesterday, a day devoid of guilt.
What steps did you take to earn such a rare treasure?
- Applied sunscreen before turning on overhead light.
- Attached FitBit and logged 30 minutes of low impact aerobics.
- Practiced 15 minutes of Loving-Kindness meditation.
- Celebrated day 163 of “reading through the Bible in one year,” started six years ago.
- Wrote gratitude list in journal.
- Wished Facebook friends happy birthday, even those you didn’t recognize.
- Ate eggs from free range chickens.
- Scrambled in extra virgin olive oil.
- Fed gut healthy bacteria with designer Greek yogurt.
- Savored a hot cup of fair trade coffee.
- Deodorized the toilet bowl with Poo Pourri.
- Paid bills.
- Transferred money from emergency savings, preventing overdraft fees.
- Asked God to bless driver traveling 17 miles below speed limit, who made you late for work.
- Munched on organic granola bar for midmorning snack.
- Drank 8 glasses of filtered water.
- Refrained from swearing when realized no toilet paper in employee bathroom, forcing drip dry.
- Changed toilet paper roll, even though it involved scary dive into dark closet, opening new case, and lacerating finger on giant staple.
- Didn’t write scathing letter demanding reprimand of cleaning staff for crime against personal hygiene.
- Stopped crying 20 minutes after receiving tetanus shot.
- Kept wounded middle finger gripped firmly on steering wheel, while following God blessed driver home from work. See #14.
- Sipped 4 ounces of red wine, for pain relief.
- Initiated amorous interlude with partner.
- Stayed awake.
- Tossed aside ‘Thai 2 Go’ menu, and opened recipe app.
- Healthy home cooked dinner included grass-fed beef.
- Just kidding, it was vegan and included kale.
- Lots of kale.
- Pushed away from table after modest intake.
- Curbed retching.
- Turned burners off before partner noticed, avoiding another tiresome conversation about early signs of dementia.
Suddenly, you realized there was one last item on your agenda:
Work on character defect: perfectionism
Desperate to succeed, you scarfed a spoonful of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream when no one was looking. Out of the carton. Okay, several spoonfuls.
Was it euphoria or brain freeze? Immaterial, since what mattered was the triumphant achievement of earning a guilt-free day.
Even addressing the most important detail: not being perfect.
Have you ever achieved a guilt-free day? Did you think you deserved it? Did it include eating ice cream? What is holding you back from letting go of guilt?
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