“No such thing as a good person or a bad person”

I’ve been thinking about this lately, not because of choices I’ve made for myself but because of how others choose and act that have made me see them as just impossible to live and deal with. It’s a reminder to be less judgmental–but to also be aware of how strings of decisions could lead us toward directions that may no longer be aligned with who we really are or how we want others to see us.

~ NTZ

A Dynamic Choice-Maker: Accepting Yourself
Taken from The Daily Om

Image by Juzant of Digital Vision, for Getty Images
Image by Juzant of Digital Vision, for Getty Images

There is no such thing as a good person or a bad person; simply choices and actions that lead us in different directions.

There is no such thing as a good person or a bad person. There are choices and actions that lead us in different directions, and it is through those choices and actions that we create our realities. Sometimes we choose or do something that takes us in the opposite direction of the reality we want to create for ourselves. When we do this, we feel bad—uneasy, unhappy, unsure. We might go so far as to label ourselves “bad” when a situation like this arises. Instead of labeling ourselves, though, we could simply acknowledge that we made a choice that lead us down a particular path, and then let it go, forgiving ourselves and preparing for our next opportunity to choose, and act, in ways that support our best intentions.

Many of us experienced childhoods in which the words good and bad were used as weapons to control us—you were good if you did what you were told and bad if you didn’t. This kind of discipline undermines a person’s ability to find their own moral center and to trust and be guided by their own inner self. If you were raised this way, you may find yourself feeling shockwaves of badness when you do something you were taught was wrong, even if now you don’t agree that it’s bad. Conversely, you may feel good when you do what you learned was right. Notice how this puts you in something of a straitjacket. An important part of our spiritual unfolding requires that we grow beyond what we learned and take responsibility for our own liberation in our own terms.

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