As humans, there are things we do regularly that we should be ashamed of.
It’s no secret that taking the easy way through life usually means doing the wrong things. People lie, steal, and cheat their way to the top more often than they should. However, it doesn’t have to be that way, and we can get a great deal of satisfaction when we live the way we should.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who feel ashamed of doing things that are perfectly normal, and often, good to do. Who knows the source of this shame, but the point is that certain things we do, feel, or share should never be thought of as shameful acts.
If this is you, take a look at these five things you should never be ashamed of doing.
1. The Past
Don’t be ashamed of your past. Your past is what brought you to the present, and it’s what made you who you are today. If you’re a human being, chances are you’ve done stupid things in your past, but that doesn’t mean you need to be ashamed of yourself. Doing stupid things is completely normal; you’re certainly not alone in this regard.
2. Forgiving Others
Forgiveness is not easy to do, so if you’re able to do it, the last thing you should feel is shame. Holding grudges and withholding forgiveness causes stress, unnecessary anxiety, and a whole lot of anger that you simply don’t need. Never be ashamed of yourself for forgiving someone, especially when you feel so much better after you do it.
3. How You Make Your Living
Not everyone can be a celebrity and live a glamorous life. The fact is, some of the most unglamorous jobs are the ones the world needs the most. If you have a job, are making a living, supporting the people you love, and ultimately working hard, you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed about. Keep it up.
4. Being Hopeful
It’s easy to lose your sense of hope in this world, especially when you get bogged down by the news or the latest political power installment. However, if you don’t feel hope, who’s going to feel it for you? A little bit of hope can go a very long way, and it’s definitely contagious. Your sense of hope could change somebody’s life for the better.
5. Expressing Emotion
We’re often taught not to show or express our emotions, this is especially true for males in our society. However, expressing emotion isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s actually a sign of maturity and strength.