This week is an important week for me.
It is an important week for many whose lives have been touched by body hate, fat (or thin) shaming, unhealthy eating habits and eating disorders.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week didn’t exist when I first got sick with anorexia in 1980.
But I recovered anyway, and today I am here to celebrate the wealth of supportive tools and resources now available to sufferers, carers, loved ones, professionals and the greater community.
I am also grateful to share that MentorCONNECT, the eating disorders nonprofit mentoring organization I founded in 2009, is one of those many communities.*
NEDAW is a great week to celebrate your own successes and those of your mentors (after all, every mentor was once a struggling mentee!)
It is also a great week to acknowledge courage in all its many shapes and forms and sizes.
And I find it to be a particularly fabulous week to dig in and reinvest in moving beyond those oh-so-tempting artificial boundaries and walls we are so prone to set up – the ones that say “oh well you recovered from this and I recovered from that and so we really have nothing in common.”
Truthfully, we have everything in common.
Anyone who has ever stood up and bravely faced one of life’s many challenges has everything in common with anyone else who has ever faced another one of life’s many challenges, no matter what each individual’s specific challenge may be named.
Whether the challenge is to our physical health, our mental or emotional health, our financial health, our relational health, our occupational health or another type of challenge altogether, the mechanics of tackling it are much the same…as are the rewards when we finally overcome it.
These beautiful qualities seek out those who are brave enough, patient enough, persistent enough, wise enough to stay the course, for their own benefit, the benefit of their loved ones and the benefit of those who will one day follow in their difficult but rewarding footsteps.
Today’s Takeaway: Who is in your thoughts during this powerful week of awareness? Whose triumphs (whether achieved or still in progress) do you celebrate? Where will you share your own story of recovery? From whom do you seek mentoring inspiration, and to whom will you offer this gift in kind?
*MentorCONNECT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are funded solely through the generous donations of supporters and members as well as a small contingent of treatment partners. NEDAwareness Week is a great week to give of your time and funds so others can receive the gift of mentoring! Visit us to learn more at: http://mentorconnect-ed.org/mcgive