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Wisdom from Mal Duane

Wisdom from Mal Duane

If I only had 500 words to share the wisdom I have learned in my life, I would use it to share The Five Steps of Faith, which have helped me live life as an awakened, powerful woman.

For 25 years I suffered from low self-esteem, addiction to alcohol and failed relationships. I was so tied to painful and embarrassing moments that suffering became part of my identity. Every day I woke up consumed with fear, guilt and anxiety over how I would face the future. I had no idea that there was a choice available to me about how I could feel. I was living in a dark hole and I did not know how to get out.

On December 30th, 1989 the wrecking ball of vodka and Courvoisier stingers made its final pass over my life. I knew that I could not pick up another drink or I would probably die in the near future. After a few months of sobriety, I started regularly praying or meditating. Before long, I was writing. After each period of silence and prayer, the most amazing messages came to me! The first one I received told me that I would be fine and have an amazing life. I had lessons to learn and when I mastered my lessons, I would need to go and teach others what I had learned….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Mal is a recovery coach, a speaker and the author of Alpha Chick, Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power.

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7:24AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

This is a wonderful set of steps to have (5 Steps of Faith) when you feel all alone and need something to hang onto. Thanks for posting them, as I have never heard of them, nor have I ever heard of the "Inspire Me" website, and I have already put it under my top favorites! Anytime you need to find uplifting information, Inspirational sites are filled with lots of sayings, lists, people etc., who give lots of reasons for us to "Hold On"! MORE IMPORTANTLY by far, I think it is imperative to Congratulate you on 23 years of sobriety!!! You should be very proud of yourself to realize that alcohol can ruin your live.....or kill you first, and also after the realization, you put it into action, which is not something everyone can do! Thank you for all that you have added to my life.....in 5 minutes, you have given me more to look forward to. Once again.....CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

1:03AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Thanks.

5:41AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Thankyou

7:08PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Thanks!

5:26PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

noted

3:32PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Fear, shame and anxiety do not come from addiction to alcohol. Low self-esteem does not come from "failed relationships". Fear and shame are caused by "society" and "social standards" that were instituted thousands of years ago. We "feel" fear and shame because
"society" tells us we have done something "wrong". We are all born with a clean slate, totally innocent. Our self esteem is entirely "caused" by how people in our environment treat us. If they are mean to us we will "feel" worthless. That is psych 101. Alcohol has nothing to do with low self-esteem, PEOPLE around us cause it. People who turn to alcohol do it for one reason, to escape pain. That is normal. Who wants pain? People with low self-esteem are VICTIMS and they should NEVER blame THEMSELVES. People who recover and become strong again can take credit for overcoming but advocating "praying" to fairy gods is draconian and backward. Meditating is just putting yourself in a trance and isn't magic. Recovery is a long hard road and it isn't easy and imaginary gods have nothing to do with it, every person does it THEMSELVES.

3:32PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Fear, shame and anxiety do not come from addiction to alcohol. Low self-esteem does not come from "failed relationships". Fear and shame are caused by "society" and "social standards" that were instituted thousands of years ago. We "feel" fear and shame because
"society" tells us we have done something "wrong". We are all born with a clean slate, totally innocent. Our self esteem is entirely "caused" by how people in our environment treat us. If they are mean to us we will "feel" worthless. That is psych 101. Alcohol has nothing to do with low self-esteem, PEOPLE around us cause it. People who turn to alcohol do it for one reason, to escape pain. That is normal. Who wants pain? People with low self-esteem are VICTIMS and they should NEVER blame THEMSELVES. People who recover and become strong again can take credit for overcoming but advocating "praying" to fairy gods is draconian and backward. Meditating is just putting yourself in a trance and isn't magic. Recovery is a long hard road and it isn't easy and imaginary gods have nothing to do with it, every person does it THEMSELVES.

12:20PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:27AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

very nice indeed

6:25AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

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