Divorce, job loss, or the crumbling of a relationship are examples of sudden life-changing events that can cause pain and suffering--whether you saw them coming or not. Chances are pretty good that when a sudden soul-crushing event happens to you, anger and sadness quickly turn to blame, which can take two forms.
You can blame others and point the finger at somebody or something that you feel caused your pain and suffering. In blaming others, you identify yourself as victim because it was done to you.
The reality is that sometimes IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT. Others may be squarely to blame for your circumstances, and you may have had no control over what happened to you. In other cases, you may just find that it's easier to point the finger at someone to justify your anger, hide your humiliation, and satisfy your ego.
You can also blame yourself. In doing this, you identify as a victim of your own making because you feel like it was done by you. You feel that you have done something bad or wrong that contributed to the situation; this is why blaming yourself is most often partnered with feelings of guilt.
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In both circumstances, when you become a victim, you give up your power. In a recent blog in the Huffington Post, Karen Covy, a divorce attorney and life advisor, said that guilt "strips your power away from you faster than a vacuum cleaner sucks dirt from your carpet.
"Guilt is a feeling. It comes from your heart, not your head. But it starts when your head tells your heart that you have done something bad or wrong. Getting divorced is not necessarily bad or wrong. It is also not necessarily good or right either. The truth is that divorce is whatever you make of it." The same could be said of losing your job, or the crumbling of a relationship. The truth is, it's whatever you make it.
If we focus on guilt, we lose our power, and when we lose our power, fear takes over. When fear rules the day, you have two options.
Option one is to push down the fear; you hide it and pretend it's not there. It's like trying to hold a balloon under water; you have to apply so much pressure to keep it down that eventually it's just going to shoot right up to the surface.
Option two is to address your fear. Acknowledge it, walk with it hand and hand, and feel it instead of treating it like the enemy. Figure out what your fear is and whether or not it has any truth to it.
At one end of the spectrum you have blame, guilt, fear and powerlessness; at the other end of the spectrum you have accountability and power. Moving to the positive side of the spectrum and taking your power back is your responsibility.
It doesn't matter if something was done to you or by you. It doesn't matter if it was right or wrong. It doesn't matter if it was fair or unfair. What matters is that you alone are responsible for how you move forward. You are responsible for your own happiness. If you contributed to the situation, own it and forgive yourself for it. You are human and you are okay!
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