I don’t think there was a person in the audience that could not identify on some level with the need for significance and the desire to fit in. We are wired for connection and an inner drive to live meaningful lives; the problem comes when the means we use to do that are destructive. Mary highlighted attention to the drinking cultural “norm” and the false sense of belonging it brings. Many have traveled this journey; Mary allowed us the privilege of learning from hers. She spoke with honesty and candor, and yet with a passion born out of a desire to help others not have to travel the road of destruction and pain to get that which is available through other, healthier means.
Mary said, “The greatest power you have is the power you give away.” She gave away the need to fit in. The need to be right. The need to be understood. The need to be in control. In doing so, she gained connection with her heart and a sense of a higher, sovereign power. Her story left us all with wiser thoughts and powerful learning from her experiences. We did not regret the choice to venture out on the coldest night of the year.
We thank you for sharing your story with us. You have stayed strong through your experiences and with that, you have touched many lives and gave strength to others.
~Judith Konerza, Ph. D.
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