This month’s edition of “Good News for Eating Disorders Recovery” is now available. I hope you enjoy this month’s inspiring message!
I continue to have sad feelings on a somewhat regular basis, even though I have been in recovery for more than a decade now.
The difference is that today I do not try to shove those feelings down, ignore them or run and hide. Rather, I open the door, open my arms, and welcome them as friends.
Certainly at times sadness can “just happen” – it can be the result of hormonal fluctuation, seasonal shifts, biological imbalance, even empathy with a loved one’s pain.*
But for most of us and most of the time, sadness felt for any of these reasons will be the exception rather than the norm.
As well, in the same way that anger, grief, jealousy, resentment, frustration, loneliness, despair and other so-called “uncomfortable” emotions may visit us because it is in our best interests that they do, sadness frequently comes knocking because it is bearing a message – and gifts.
It has taken me a long, long time – more than 30 years to be exact – to recognize my sad or difficult feelings as friends.
But once I did, I stopped feeling afraid of them. I also stopped feeling afraid of me when I had them.
Rather, I saw that these difficult-to-feel and heal feelings came to reveal to me my own strength and wisdom, my faith and depth of vision for the present and the future.
My sad feelings would never have approached me if I wasn’t strong enough to welcome them and learn what they had to teach me.
It just took me some time to realize this.