The January 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
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
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.