Demi Lovato recently visited residents at the Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Illinois. This is the same facility she herself attended in 2010. She spent her visit offering encouragement, hope, and inspiring words. She later tweeted about the visit:
Today I went back to the treatment center I went to last year to speak to the beautiful women fighting their inner demons. I was so honored to be able to share my story and let them know that it gets easier. Life is beautiful. You are worthy of it (Demi Lovato tweet).
Lovato’s struggles with her weight and bullying have been highly publicized. After completing her stint at the facility, she announced her desire to help others with similar struggles. She joined the “Love is Louder than the Pressure to be Perfect” movement alongside The Jed Foundation and Seventeen magazine.
There are three primary ways in which someone struggling can deal with adversity:
- In some cases, past difficulty can cause present and future challenges. It can bring a person down and affect his or her life negatively. In such instances, past adversity can be the cause of and the justification for bad behavior.
- In contrast, past adversity can be used to better a life. It can motivate a person to be strong and determined. It can influence decisions positively, and it can be the reason a person is determined to have a better life.
- Consequently, a person who uses adversity to improve his or her own life may go further by trying to help others. A person who has experienced past struggles can relate to and better communicate with those who are going through the same difficulties. In turn, those who are hurting are more willing to listen and learn from someone who has already suffered and survived.
Demi Lovato is the perfect example of someone who has chosen to use her adversity to improve her life and the lives of other women. Her visit to the treatment center demonstrates a desire to move forward in a positive light. It seems she’s on her way to embracing her own testimony.
What a great lesson: Adversity does not have to bring a person’s life down. It can be used to turn a life around and make it stronger. It takes courage to recognize a weakness, strengthen it, and then choose to share that experience in order to help others. We all should look to Lovato and learn from her.
We too should decide how we can use adversity to better our own lives and the lives of others.
Say a prayer for all of those struggling with eating disorders, self harm, mood disorders, and substance abuse (Demi Lovato tweet).
Let’s all pray that Lovato continues to be successful on her path to overcome her personal struggles and beat those inner demons. Let’s pray also that her decision to help others not only strengthens those that she helps, but that the experience strengthens her further so that she continues in her journey toward a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Ladies, how do you feel about Lovato’s decision to use her life’s adversities to help others? How about you? How have you used past adversity to help others?