Shame is a painful emotion but it’s necessary for personal growth.

It’s a reminder that we have violated our own standards.

Our code of conduct and behavior.

With shame, we know we could have done better.

(Unless, of course, we couldn’t. And then, there should be no shame.)

So, what is your secret shame?

Don’t be afraid to look at it full in the face.

Shame is a gift from the soul.

It can spur us on to achieve great things.

To apologize.

To live more fully.

To love more completely.

If you feel shame about something, embrace it.

Promise yourself you’ll do better next time.

(Because there’s always a next time.)

Then, wait for your moment.

Your shot at redemption will come.

And when it comes, your freedom, and your transformation awaits.