In Reply to: Growing up, my journey, responsibility posted by MG on November 01, 2004 at 02:59:45:
It's funny,some of the things you mention as wanting to learn: "living in the moment", "character building", and being "positive" were things I found were strongly emphasized in the Family. In the Family, I (naively) never worried about how much money I was setting aside for retirement or about what was coming tomorrow, it was always emphasized to live for the day and let the Lord take care of tomorrow. Similarly, the letters constantly were attempting to mold one character trait or another, and encourage certain habits, everything from "the way to be happy is to make others happy" to the less desirable edicts to "sacrfice" your body to others, and habits like getting daily exercise and eating a certain way, etc. etc.
I guess my point is that I found a key to getting on with life, after leaving the Family, was letting go as much as possible of the bad memories, finding what good I could, and just going forward. While I by NO MEANS am attemtpting to minimize anyone's traumatic past experiences, every once in a while I take a good look at the world around me and find it full of people who never heard of the Family and have some pretty horrific traumatic past experiences to get over as well. For me personally, this outlook has helped me.