I consider myself a relatively level-headed, well-grounded, stable individual. Like most people, though, I have a demon or two that I struggle with every so often. The demon of today is GUILT.
Guilt - noun. A feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime,
wrong, etc., whether real or imagined.
Guilt comes in all forms and in all shapes and sizes - sometimes very recognizable, sometimes so hidden that it takes someone else to point it out to you. Guilt can be very negative (like when it becomes all-consuming - I'll call this Bad Guilt.) Guilt can also be very positive. For me, Good Guilt is my reminder that I have a conscience. When I start to have a guilty feeling, I know that it is an opportunity for my "second-look" or "double-check" about something, and it's like I am asking myself, "Self, did you do (or say) the right thing here?" When I can answer, "Yes" to myself, then the guilty feeling passes.
So, my recent struggle with guilt is how I spend my days while my husband works. I have been unemployed for longer than I ever thought imaginable (and the first time in my working life to experience unemployment). While I diligently search for a job each and every day (which takes hours upon hours), I also do all the things that a Domestic Engineer (I hate that title) would do. I cook, I clean, I run all the errands, I do the laundry, I handle all the paperwork/bills, I handle any and all service work that needs to be done for the house and cars, I help out family members when needed, etc., etc., etc. Yes, I run our life and our household, and I truly do NOT have any complaints about this, because I am still really happy. But what I do NOT do during the weekdays is my one enjoyable hobby - scrapbooking.
I have a great set-up in my basement, which is affectionately known as The Scrapbook Cellar.
The first time I mentioned to the Cellar Chicks that I do not visit the Cellar during weekdays, I remember the confused look on their faces. The general response was, "Well, you're just feeling GUILTY about this, and you really should NOT feel guilty."
Right now, I have no less than four different scrapbook projects in the works, and I'm battling the guilty feeling, because I have one project I really want to finish before October 23rd (which is our next Scrapbook Cellar gathering). So, my goal next week is to NOT feel guilty, and just get downstairs and meet my goal of finishing this one project. I'll let you know how I do. In the meantime, I encourage you NOT to feel guilty about doing something that makes you happy, even though there are a gazillion other things you think you should be doing. Because the most important thing of all, is that we are HAPPY. Right?