I want to share with you one of my favorite quotes about courage. The quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt’s book You Live By Learning.
The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, `I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it.
Courage is not about fearlessness, but about willingness. Being willing to do what is difficult even if we are afraid. When we feel afraid it is often a sign that we are about to face a really important challenge. If we think fear means we are incompetent we stay stuck.
Overcoming an eating disorder is all about courage. It has been a survival tactic up until this point so it makes sense that it is scary to let go.
One thing that can give us courage, even when we feel afraid, is to seek support from others. Courage comes from within but others can also help us to feel strong and be courageous. Talking with a trusted friend, family member, mentor, therapist, or other support can help you express your fears and accept the support you may need to take the next step towards overcoming your eating disorder. A support also helps us remember we are not alone. We all have fears we have to face from time to time to overcome challenges that arise in life.
By Jacki LaRusso, LGPC, Therapist, Anorexia/Bulimia IOP Lead Therapist at The Body Image Therapy Center DC office. If you would like to get in touch with Jacki please call (877-674-2843) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.