Marcy S., age 47, North Carolina

I’m still thinking about good impulses — they must come from the Holy Spirit. When I have one and don’t follow it because of timidity or fear, I experience painful regret and guilt and sometimes suffer for days. Even worse is realizing when it’s too late that I could have said or done something to show love. This is something I can’t blame on anyone else — especially the failure to act on a good impulse. No matter what the reason for my timidity, I do have the courage to break the shell and come out into the world — if I will only do it. The Holy Spirit gives the good impulse — He will also give what I need to obey it. Trust and obey.