Day 3711: Guilty

When people in therapy talk about how guilty they feel, I often encourage them to throw guilt away in my “magic waste paper basket.” I don’t feel guilty about having a magic water paper basket nor about suggesting that people throw guilt away. My experience is that toxic perpetrators do not feel guilty at all while well-meaning and essentially good people do feel guilty about minor infractions and imperfections.

Here’s my magic waste paper basket …

… and don’t feel guilty about throwing away guilt in any receptacle you choose.

I am guilty of gathering all the images for today’s blog post and I don’t feel guilty about sharing any of them with you.


My guilty pleasures include chocolate soufflé and the Daily Bitch calendar.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “guilty.”


Thanks to all who help me feel less guilty, including YOU!

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10 thoughts on “Day 3711: Guilty

  1. I have frequently found persnickety to be the easily-crossed bridge to crabby, Ann.

  2. Debbie T

    My guilty pleasure is spending too much time scrolling through social media before I start my day “for real”.

  3. My guilty pleasure is making the decision to plan my personal mental health day which includes staying in my pajamas and reading all day long. I don’t do it nearly enough, but when I see an opening, I grab it! 🙂 And true, I do NOT feel guilty!

  4. my friends and I write down what we want to leave behind, guilt, bad relationship, choices, etc. then we have little ritual outside where we light to paper and let it go – seems to work very well

  5. I have a reputation for being really easygoing, but sometimes I would like to be persnickety. It’s hard to let go of the guilt over asking for something, though, when I’m so used to going out of my way to not ask for anything, and it’s even harder when people express surprise that I might ever be persnickety. I want to throw away the guilt but also have something to hand to people that says, “Please, just this once, I would like this done my way.”

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