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“No one is innocent … Life is more about how you bear the guilt.”

 

Silette <a fictional book character>

 

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Well.

 

This quote. I admit. It gave me pause when I saw it in a book I was reading.

I stopped and reread it.

 

No one is innocent.

 

That means everyone carries some burden of ‘not innocent’.

 

 

Well.

 

Within that last sentence the larger Life thought.

 

Your life can be defined by how you bear that guilt.

 

I say that because within that “defined by” are choices. Choices we make everyday in the little and the small as well as in how we judge ourselves, and our actions, and other’s actions.

 

Do you ignore it?

Do you make excuses?

Do you deny it?

Do you worry about it?

Do you keep it secret?

Do you use it to motivate?

 

These are questions that reside within each of us <whether we elect to admit that they exist or not>.

These are the questions that define how people bear the guilt.

 

Oh.

 

The one that is probably most important?

 

Do you even recognize you are not innocent?

 

Whew.

 

Yeah.

 

That is why I wrote this quote down.

 

I think in today’s world where we seem to rush to blame people and judge them guilty of something <often justly> we tend to push our own lack of innocence, in whatever degree it may exist, into some dusty corner of our mind.

 

But I also believe there is an even more dangerous thing many people do … and that is justifying their own past behavior & actions as ‘not so bad’ … which is basically assuming … well … innocence.

 

What that means is, I imagine, there are many more people who don’t even know they are ‘not innocent’ of something … than those who bear the guilt. I imagine this because, well, bearing some guilt is a burden. A burden not just as a weight but it also can bear some emotional erosion aspects if you are not careful.

 

While those who bear the guilt can sometimes be eaten away from the inside as they think about it … there are many more minds being eroded by the unseen, unrecognized & unaccepted shadow of guilt which dogs each step one takes.

 

this comes to Life in a variety of ways.

 

That means that shit happens to them and they scratch their head and wonder why.

 

Some of these people think fate is against them.

 

Many of these people think Life isn’t fair.

 

Many of these people never look at themselves, or to themselves, as the issue … just everything else.

 

Many of these people just look at others as ones who should be guilty <“I never did anything that bad”>.

 

And all of that is sad to me.

 

Mostly because their burden of guilt is most likely something manageable if they would only take the time to face it.

Face the guilt and eliminate that weightless, but diminishing, shadow following them and choose to carry it instead.

 

Look.

 

We all have guilt for something. None of us are innocent.

The something could be big … it could be very small. But that is the funny thing about ‘not innocent’ … its size doesn’t matter.

Normal laws of space & weight do not apply to ‘not innocent’. A sliver of ‘not innocent’ can bear the same weight as a mountain of ‘not innocent’.

 

We should all take a moment, every day n fact, and remind ourselves … especially before we jump to judging others … that if you ignore the degrees & dimensions of the guilty … none of us are innocent.

 

And what truly matter is how we choose to bear that weight.

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