Feeling guilty for an action or an inaction is a natural thing.
We are all fully aware of good deeds and bad deeds. So when you do a bad deed or fail to do a good deed, its okay to feel guilty. What is not okay is when you can’t feel guilt.
Guilt reminds you that you can do better next time, just as Veronica Roth puts it in Divergent:
“Maybe there’s more we all could
have done, but we just have to let
the guilt remind us to do better
Guilt is like the little guardian angel in our brains, that reminds us not to repeat past actions and inactions.
“Guilt is also a way for us to express to others that we are a person of good conscience.” ― Tom Hodgkinson, The Freedom Manifesto.
Tom puts it just right. When you show guilt, you express your humanity to other people around you. They see you as a person with a good conscience. If you do not show guilt, you say in effect that you do not accept your own wrongs. No one would like to associate with a person who would not accept his faults.
However, feeling too guilty is a bad thing. You know too much of everything is bad.
Too much guilt is like the weight that sinks you in the ocean of life.
“Guilt isn’t always a rational thing,
Clio realized. Guilt is a weight that
will crush you whether you
deserve it or not.” ― Maureen
Johnson, Girl at Sea.
Too much guilt will drive you into inaction.
It is like standing and crying over spilt milk instead of getting some from the fridge.
Dwelling on a past action or inaction with guilt will not make you move forward. Just put it all behind you and let guilt be a good to you.