This post is from this month’s Good News for Eating Disorders Recovery ezine. It is a message I have kept close to my heart for years and years and years now, so I wanted to share it with you here as well. I hope you enjoy it!
“Everything Really IS Alright”
I mentioned in last month’s Good News that I carry around a card in my wallet that says “everything really is alright.”
It has been in there since 1995.
I have also noticed that in many similar sayings I come across, the message seems to be “everything WILL BE alright.”
As in, it’s not alright right now.
Maybe it’s just me, but somehow, I find that sentiment strangely un-reassuring.
Because it IS alright right now. How could it not be? I’m still here. I’m still breathing. This, to me, seems like really, really good news.
But sometimes my mind disagrees. When that happens, I use this short helpful checklist to put myself at ease again:
Am I breathing? Check.
As long as I am breathing, as long as I can draw breath in and push it back out again, I am on the right path. When I stop breathing, when my body can no longer carry out these functions for itself on my behalf (as many a person who has suffered with an eating disorder could tell you) that is when we’ve got problems.
So until then, everything really is alright. For me, and for you.
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Last reviewed: 31 Jul 2012