My high school math teacher taught me that the easiest and quickest way from point A to point B was a straight line.
I think he was right
Certainly a geometrical reasoning would support his straightforward conclusion; however, in life, moving from point A to point B is not always so simple.
Recovery, for example, is rarely a simple, straightforward process.
Recovery can be different for each person. Most experience ups and downs that feel more like the stock market than a ruler.
You see our thoughts and emotions are just so inconsistent and often tumultuous, and the eating disorder voice often seems so loud
and so much more “real” and “accessible”…
Like the siren song, you may all too often find yourself falling backwards into the clutches of a familiar enemy.
And then the guilt sets in.
Then you beat yourself up – which doesn’t really help, but feels like it should.
So how can we understand that “slips” happen while at the same time move forward toward becoming the person that you want to be?
I think that there is a great deal of importance in offering yourself grace in your recovery journey. Recovery is often a marathon, not a sprint. Your may not reach your goal of “recovered” quickly, but, with perseverance and lots of support, many will get there.
You may have a rough morning, but the afternoon is a new start.
You may regret falling into temptation, but get back on the horse.
In my entire career I have never spoken with someone who is recovered who said, “as soon as I realized how severe it was, I just stopped doing it 100%, never had any negative thoughts, and was immediately recovered.”
The journey to “recovered” is one of perseverance, strength, tears, laughter, feeling isolated (at times) and feeling connected (at other times).
One step at a time. Left foot, right foot.
Sometimes it will feel like you are flying along at a quick pace, while other times it will feel like one more step just takes too much out of you.
But keep your eyes up. Keep your heart open. Keep being honest with those you love and who love you.
And, in time
Hello point B.
This article originally published on Dine Support Group site.