In order to kick off the Eating Disorder Awareness Week and to build on more pillar for our recovery project, I asked for recovery quotes and personal mantras on twitter and on my email list. We all need a splash of positivity, some sympathy and a lot of motivation in our daily struggle and I am sure that these wonderful contributions will provide just that.
Eileen Murphy: “Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your Soul.” GK Chesterton
Arielle (A voice with a commitment): “Beauty is not a state of body. It’s a state of mind.”
Weighing The Facts: “The only way out is through”. – Robert Frost
Lizi King: “God’s promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine”. -David Nicholas
What does recovery mean to you?
Michelle: Having a marriage that is only my hubby and me and not Ed!! Living a life that is balanced, being happy with who I am as a person and enjoying food and not feeling like ‘oh I shouldn’t have eaten that and now that means I have to restrict or exercise or purge in some way.
Anonymous: Keep calm and carry on!
Anonymous: When it rains look for rainbows when its dark look for stars!
Anonymous: Hope and believe because better days are ahead!
Ashly: If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. No one can make you eat. No one can make you sleep. No one can make you exercise. These are things you have to do for yourself.
Matt (…Until Eating Disorders Are No More): You can do this!
Anonymous: “…As an arrtist I would hate someone to come along and start changing my work, so what right do I have to try and change my body and looks when God has made them to be the size and shapes he wants?”
Rainy: “We can run all we want from our greatest fears, we can call our running whatever we want. But no matter what in the end we have to stop and face that running only makes us have a greater need to run.”
I want to close this post with my favorite pro recovery quote:
“If you’re going through hell, keep going. ” – Winston Churchill
Recovery often feels like hell and there are so many points along the journey when we simply feel like giving up, when our strength is gone and we feel at our wit’s end. Maybe you are at that point right this very moment, maybe you have already worked through many of those moments, maybe you are too afraid of those moments to even start with recovery.
I want you all to know that pushing through these horrible situations and feelings will bring you one step closer to living a free and healthy life. You will become stronger and stronger by conquering your fears and all the struggles, all the pain will be rewarded, even if this seems a ludicrous notion right now.
Having an eating disorder is not fair, having to work through all these issues is not fair, but you have the power to turn you life around and you are strong enough and can be brave enough to start your fight today!
Thank you all so much for your participation!