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Oct 21, 2008
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by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Thank you, Lisa, for your thought-provoking article.

As for your personal situation of always feeling scared, especially of your mother, and of feeling worthless...these are your thoughts. Consider and ponder that for a moment...the abuse you endured is over. You are a grown woman who has raised 6 children without inflicting abuse. What's left are your thoughts about what happened to you. Your self-esteem and fearfulness is completely and utterly tied into those thoughts. But if you question those thoughts, then turn them around, you might be pleasantly surprised at the liberating results. Byron Katie wrote a book titled Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life. Her approach is to do exactly what I just suggested. Pick up a copy of that book and give it a try, Lisa. The only thing you have to lose are your negative thoughts; and you are certainly worth it! Consider it your first true act of self-love.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

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