Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Do Good and Strengthen Your Eating Disorder Recovery

Do Good - Gemeinschaftsgefuhl (German word that translates to "community feeling" in English)


"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give! Get out of yourself ~ Use your talents and gifts to help others and contribute to the world!

"The German word Gemeinschaftsgefuhl means feeling of community, of belonging. It means having to work at something that transcends not only one's own person, but also the small group to which one belongs. It transcends the family, one's church affiliation, one's race. It has to do with melting into or relating oneself to the community of man, or as people often name it more poetically, the brotherhood of man." (From "The Collected Works of Lydia Sicher: An Adlerian Perspective," edited by Adele Davidson.)

"As a therapist, founder of the Eating Disorder Hope organization and recovering eating disorder sufferer, I can say that I have learned one thing about eating disorder recovery, and it is that the eating disorder sufferer must embrace their unique self and God given gifts and talents. There is a strong correlation between using one's gifts to help others, the community and the world and one's recovery. Remember, the world needs you! " ~ Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC

Check out a list of great charities and ways to contribute to the well being of others, animals and our planet!

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