Guilt & Daggers

Light leaks in through the window as the dawn approaches.  Thoughts of last night flow through my head.  Lyla on the grass, lying under me with her body pressed against mine.  What was I thinking?   I sit up and rub my hand through my hair, sending a jolt of pain through it.  My palm aches from the cut of the dagger.  Last night shouldn’t have happened.   I should not have let it happen.

Walking over to the wash basin, I rinse away the remaining fog from the alcohol and stare at my reflection in the water.  “Idiot!” Disgusted with myself for taking advantage of the girl I am supposed to be protecting, I over turn the wash basin destroying my reflection and take a seat at the table as Nikko walks into my chamber.

—-An excerpt from Forsaken: Book Two of the Sanctorian Series—-

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Guilt.  It can eat away at your soul if you allow it.  Guilt keeps us on the right path, tells us when we have done wrong, and compels us to change.

One of the many blessings in life is the dawn of a new day.

Every day is a new beginning.  We have a chance to make a difference, the ability to change our lives-be it for better or worse.  With every sunrise comes and opportunity to start fresh, begin anew.

It is only by our own will that we grasp this opportunity and make it our own.  Take your life into your own hands.  Don’t let guilt stab you in the heart.  If you did something you’re not proud of, atone for it.  Don’t do it again.

Today, make a decision to change your life.  Take a chance. Grab the wheel.

If you fail.  Try again.  If you fall, get back up and do it again.  Do it a hundred times.  A million time.  Try as many times as it takes until you succeed.  The struggle is the path that leads you to where you want to go.  When you get there, you will be stronger than you were before.

Guilt is an ethical guide in our lives.  Where is your guide leading you?

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.–Luke 15:7

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Author: Cynthia Brandel

Published author and founder of https://cynthiabrandel.com, Cynthia has captivated the world with her works of fiction including The Sanctorian Series and her latest work, The Revenant City Series. Lover of young adult reads and fantasy reads, Cynthia has transformed her passions into a full-time career.

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