Good morning to whomever may be reading, I hope today finds you well. Yesterday (Wednesday), I took the opportunity to post some of my current sentiments on my blog’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MelissasMorningMusings/) after learning of upsetting and emotional developments the day prior. (Tuesday) For those of you who may not follow or view my blog’s Facebook page, I thought I would share my thoughts here on the blog, as I feel they are imperative ones to mention:
Yesterday’s Facebook Post:
Yesterday, around 4pm, I casually clicked over to my social media pages not expecting to see or notice anything particularly significant. It had only been roughly 2 hours or so since I last checked and yet, with the click of a button, I quickly noticed something dramatic and heart-wrenching.
Several years ago, I noticed a new book that sparked by interest by the name of – Staying Strong 365 Days a Year. It surprised me at first to see who the author was – none other than singer/performer, Demi Lovato. Not previously a big fan of hers, I was intrigued by her book as I flipped through the pages. Each page is dedicated to a specific day of the year, packed with motivational quotes, thoughts and ideas. After reading the book and noticing how forthcoming Demi was in her personal struggles, often using them to motivate, encourage and connect with others, I began to see her in a new light.
For me, I admired her bravery and candid conversations. She didn’t shy away detailing her struggles, but rather openly shared them, perhaps providing a platform for others to do the same.
Yesterday, that grave news I noted discovering, was Demi’s relapse. Today I read several pages of her book and settled on today’s lesson on personal passion and now we can use it to not only help ourselves, but others, as well. With that being said, I wish Demi an emotional and physical healing, hoping that she can embrace her own motivational words and concepts she speaks of in this very book.
After I posted my memories and thoughts on my blog’s Facebook page, I continued my reflections on Demi. My thoughts wandered back to just months ago when my mom and I watched her YouTube documentary together. The entire two hours or so documentary was captivating and honest, leaving me shocked at some points, but thankful for her honesty and candid nature. It’s often easy for me and perhaps others to see a celebrity on the screen or hear them on the radio and believe their lives are near faultless or in a way “easier” in a sense than the average civilian. However, Demi’s relapse and several other stars tragic circumstances as of late is evidence and reason enough to believe we are all only human and none of us are truly immune. We are not faultless, but I believe we all possess the strength and ability within us to overcome the challenges and personal struggles faced. With that being said, it isn’t typically easy by any means, but Demi has proved herself, time and time again, she can weather the pain and anguish living deep within her and use those struggles as a platform to heal not only herself, but others. During one’s own personal struggle, it can be easy to isolate or feel they are the only ones afflicted, but when people like Demi are honest and transparent about their challenges, sometimes even to the extent where some might find it uncomfortable or difficult to hear/watch, it can empower others to take the first step towards positive change and healing.
Recovery is not linear. To further explain this statement, the way I perceive recovery is similar to the weather. One minute outside it can be abundant sunshine with azure skies, but the next moment, a torrential downpour and thunder/lightening can overtake. Situations in recovery and albeit the weather, can come without warning. What I feel is most important to focus on during these times, is healing and kindness towards oneself, recognizing faults do not define anyone, they are part of a process, part of a battle and part of the journey to recovery from whatever affliction it may be (drugs, mental illness, physical ailments, etc). To that end, I’d like to share a poem which I feel resonates with any type of personal struggle and how the process of healing is just that.. a process; one requiring patience, kindness, awareness and insight:
Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson:
If you’re currently healing, hoping to heal, hoping for another to heal, or simply thinking of healing, remember:
Today’s post is dedicated to Demi Lovato others like her who may be fighting a silent, loud or constant battle. You are seen and worthy of healing.