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How I Absolutely, Positively KNOW You Can Recover

This sweet baby is my 14-year-old parrot, Pearl. When we first met, he was a 6-week-old chick with bitten toes and a bum wing....and I was still struggling with the last bits of my eating disorder plus depression and anxiety. Today we are both happy, healthy, and thriving - and we both love breathing air!!
This sweet baby is my 14-year-old parrot, Pearl. When we first met, he was a 6-week-old chick with bitten toes and a bum wing….and I was still struggling with the last bits of my eating disorder plus depression and anxiety. Today we are both happy, healthy, and thriving – and we both love breathing air!!

I’ll bet you are expecting me to say, “I know you can recover because I recovered.”

I’m not.

The best way to know whether you have what it takes to recover is to run out of air for a minute.

Do you immediately gasp for another breath the first chance you get?

If you answered “yes,” you have what it takes.

When I was six, we went swimming in a very cold natural spring. 

I was feeling ambitious, so I struck out on my own, swimming out into the deep clear waters.

Suddenly everything went numb. I started to sink. Since nothing in me agreed with the concept of me drowning, my mind argued with reality.

Luckily, while it was arguing with the rest of me, the lifeguard jumped in and swam me back to safety.

I didn’t realize during the many years I was struggling to recover that that one experience proved I had everything I needed to achieve my recovery goals.

But now I do.

We definitely find support in compassionate mentors, in big “bucket list” goals, in professionals trained to treat us.

But our biggest support – and our absolute, positive PROOF we have what it takes to recover from ANYTHING life hands us – is our own insatiable craving for one more breath.

This is how I absolutely, positively already know you have what it takes to recover.

And to LIVE.

And to THRIVE.

Today’s Takeaway: Are you currently struggling to recover from a life challenge? Or have you struggled in the past with a challenge you thought for a time was stronger than you? What helped you to realize your effort WOULD pay off – what is helping you continue to realize you DO have what it takes now?

p.s. This post is from March’s edition of “Good News for Recovery + Life,” my free monthly e-zine.

How I Absolutely, Positively KNOW You Can Recover


Shannon Cutts

Parrot, tortoise & box turtle mama. Writer. Author. Mentor. Champion of all people (and things) recovered and recovering. http://www.loveandfeathersandshells.com http://www.shannoncutts.com


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Cutts, S. (2019). How I Absolutely, Positively KNOW You Can Recover. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 16, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mentoring-recovery/2015/03/how-i-absolutely-positively-know-you-can-recover/

 

Last updated: 29 Mar 2019
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