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What is Ageing with Vitality?
It encompasses living with consciousness in your older years and realising that ageing does not mean you just face the senior citizens’ club and bingo!
I can support you with life coaching, or you can join the Ageing with Vitality Facebook Group, where I can answer questions and you can join in discussions or post.
My new book The Truth Has Made Me Free will be coming out soon.
This is my life story and how I was born and brought up in the 1940s and 1950s, and my life as a young Mother in the 1960s and 70s.
If you can resonate with the following synopsis of the book, please read the blog on Dogma on my blog page.
The Truth Has Set Me Free – Patricia Cherry
A memoir about my emancipation from the shackles of Fundamentalist Christian belief.
In many ways my early childhood in the 1950s was happy. I was tenacious and independent, and I don’t remember being unhappy until the age of about twelve or thirteen. In later years I realised there had been a lack of warmth, love and understanding. It left me with very low self-esteem, and the feeling of never being good enough for anything.
My experiences were the result of several generations of Pentecostal preachers who lived their lives with the sole purpose of converting others to their beliefs. They firmly believe that their way is the only way. I call it narcissism. The leaders of the churches that I grew up in, and the one that I belonged to in the 1970s, were narcissistic in nature, and so were my Mother and her brothers. She spent her whole life in fear due to the teaching that she, and the previous two generations before her, received as children.
My learning accelerated in my mid-40s, when my second husband encouraged my thirst for knowledge. When I met him I had been through a painful time in my life: divorce, bankruptcy, losing all my material possessions, even my dogs. My daughter went to live with her Dad. I had sabotaged chances I had in life. I even gave up my role as manager in the business I had built up with my first husband. Furthermore, I allowed myself to be conned out of a lot of money.
I made those choices and I don’t blame anyone else. But the choices come back to what I had been taught. I went from someone who owned five large houses, though mortgaged, to someone whose possessions comprised twenty-seven cardboard boxes.
But I managed to break the thread. And I thank God that I went through all the grief in my life, enabling me to get to a place where I could search for the answer and find it. My emancipation began with a kiss. But I had to touch rock bottom before I began the climb back up.
During the last 30 years I found confidence in myself, and got to know my soul. Like most people, I still doubt myself from time to time. However, I now realise the truth: I am good enough; and because of that, I am free. May my story inform and inspire: The Truth Has Made Me Free.
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. In my opinion my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.”
George Bernard Shaw