A Joyful Journey...

Join Doris Smeltzer, critically acclaimed author/educator, as she muses on topics from eating disorders to the mysteries of life. Often "Featured" are select, astute observations made by Andrea during her all too brief 19-year life…it is she who taught us: the joy IS in the journey!

Andrea's First Quote for 2015:

Four days before Andrea turned 19 and eight months before her death, she wrote this brief, but insightful observation:

If I can’t love me and my body how can I expect to love anyone else and know I deserve their love? Good question.

Annie 7 yo 2Good question indeed. Especially at the beginning of a new year when queries abound as to what "resolutions" we intend to make.

Two days ago I sat among a group of MFT Interns at the local school district asking them to have the courage to question our culture's faith in "dieting" and its "thin ideal." I asked them to look carefully not only at how they feel about their own bodies, but  how they respond to their client's bodies as well. I encouraged them to read this article: "Beyond Lip Service: Confronting our prejudices against higher-weight clients" by Judith Matz.

Maybe the answer to what we "resolve" is as simple (and as monumental) as implied by Andrea's question: Making a concerted effort to cultivate love for ourselves and our bodies, every single day of the year.

Quote from the book, Andrea's Voice, Silenced by Bulimia (Gürze Books, 2006)

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The book, "Andrea's Voice...

Silenced by Bulimia

 

Silenced by Bulimia (Gürze, 2006). read more...

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Andrea's Voice...

Silenced by Bulimia

 

Silenced by Bulimia (Gürze, 2006). read more...

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