This month's inspiring edition of " Good News for Eating Disorders Recovery " has just come out and I wanted to share the message with you here as well in honor of NEDAwareness Week 2013 (February 24-March 2). I hope you enjoy it!
You Are Aware
If there is one thing I have actually managed to learn well over the
past 42 years, it is that my struggles, more than anything else, are
what have given me the cherished ability to empathize with others when
they are struggling.
While it is always great to enjoy happy moments, and to do whatever
we can to make those moments last and grow, in truth it is our struggles
that allow us to enjoy happiness when it comes, and to celebrate with
others when they emerge from painful places into happiness again.
If you are anything like me, you probably don't particularly enjoy
feeling sad, anxious, depressed, lonely, angry or fearful, but you can
also see how your very awareness of these states has created a more
compassionate, loving, giving, gentle, kind, caring person living right
inside your own skin.
Because you have first felt pain, you are aware of the pain in the people around you.
Because you have struggled, you can extend compassion - and respect - to others when they struggle.
Because you have experienced personal weakness, you can encourage loved ones to use weakness as a tool to strengthen and grow.
Because you have endured loss, you can extend a hand of comfort to grieving people just with your presence and listening ears.
Because you have been afraid, you can encourage others who are anxious or fearful that they are not alone.
Because you are still here, learning and growing and stretching
yourself through all of the ups and downs and in-betweens of life, you
can offer your hope to those caught in a dark valley that the sun is
absolutely waiting for them just over that next mountain peak.
You ARE aware. You are awake. You are alive.
Just by waking up again each morning and choosing to get out of bed,
you are supporting each and every other hurting person in this world to
dig down deep and find that last particle of strength to do the same.
It is an honor to know you. This month, may you realize as well that it is an honor to BE you.