Time and connection with simple, good things is often what is needed to realize the goodness living within our own heart.

This month's "Good News for Eating Disorders Recovery" ezine is out, and I wanted to share it with you here as well. Enjoy! :-)

[caption id="attachment_3401" align="alignright" width="232"] Time and connection with simple, good things is often what is needed to realize the goodness living within our own heart.[/caption]

You Have Such a Good Heart

For many years I loathed myself.

I mean - I hated everything about "me". Just a glimpse of my reflection on the pavement could give rise to shame.

I was also convinced that everyone else felt the same way about me that I did. Oddly enough, they didn't.

This I found especially frustrating. When someone would try to connect with me, I would wonder what was wrong with them. Couldn't they see? Didn't they know? So if someone said they loved me, I assumed they were as flawed as I was and I refused to give them any time or attention in return.

This went on for years. And years. And years.

Then one day, a shift began. I made a genuine connection with a single person - my first mentor - and I shared my flaws with her, and then she shared her flaws with me, and then I realized that having things to improve in myself gave me something in common with every other person on the planet.

I also, much more slowly, began to realize that having good things I liked about myself - such as the ability to play and write music, my love for animals (and birds in particular), my desire to serve others - connected to me to every other person I saw as well.

My awareness of myself as someone worth knowing grew out of meeting my mentor, and understanding from her that my very desire to improve myself, to be a likable person, to not let loved ones down or cause them worry, was proof that I had a good heart.

Only a good hearted person would long for those things, and resolve to do whatever it took to attain them.

Only a good hearted person could experience disappointment in themselves, because in that very disappointment the realization of inner goodness and the potential for self-evolution had already been born.

Regardless of where you currently stand on this path that I too am continuing to travel, and no matter what you think of yourself right at this particular moment, you have SUCH a good heart.

Rest in this. Trust in this.

With great respect and love,

xo
Shannon

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    Last reviewed: 22 Oct 2012

APA Reference
Cutts, S. (2012). You Have Such a Good Heart. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mentoring-recovery/2012/11/you-have-such-a-good-heart/

 

 

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