Girl who dances in a cage (cagekitten) wrote,
Girl who dances in a cage

healing through volunteering

I was just reading a great article about how women with eating disorders overcome their disgust for food by feeding homeless people. The program was developed at a hospital and the eating disorder patients create grocery lists, go shopping and cook the meals for the homeless.

One patient said that handling so much food freaked her out until she reminded herself that it was for people that were suffering. Once the patients realize they are engaged in making the world a better place, it boosts their sense of self-esteem and value. One woman said that actually sitting with and eating with the homeless was the key to her recovery. It gives them a new perspective on food when they realize there are people who need it and can't get it. The program has started to reverse the patients' self-absorbtion and give them a new and positive purpose. So far more than 400 patients have found success with this program.

I just want to add one thing. People often ask me where my self confidence and self-esteem come from. I've even been accused of having too much of it, because I'm proud of what I accomplish and I love sharing it with the world. But for anyone looking for a quick fix or a the fastest and most lasting way to raise their self worth and self-esteem, I have one answer: VOLUNTEERING. It gives you a new perspective on life, it makes you appreciate what you have when you are helping others who don't have it, and it gives you sense of purpose and makes you realize how much you really can contribute and how much you mean to people. And as we have seen with the victims of eating disorders, it also has amazing healing properties when you challenge yourself. I was never comfortable around seniors or children, so I concentrated the majority of my volunteering guessed it...seniors and children. I not only gained a new perspective on these folks of different ages, but I grew genuine bonds with some of them.

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