The 11th Commandment (for educators)


Thou shalt not feel guilty.

There will be times when you know you have done something wrong.  Instead of harbouring feelings of guilt, you have a couple of options:

  1. Don’t keep doing whatever it is that you have been doing that makes you feel guilty.
  2. Look at what you are doing in a different way.  If it does not harm other people, perhaps you just need to enjoy it.  I was talking to a student the other day who, after pushing herself too hard for a long time to be an “excellent” student, finds herself feeling lazy and confused about the kind of person she is.   My advice: “Enjoy feeling lazy! Don’t feel guilty about it”.  Focusing on enjoyment will naturally restore balance.

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