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Demi Lovato Uses Her Past Adversity to Help Others

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?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by HE_is_the_WAY on December 16, 2011 at 07:33

    Demi is AMAZING! Such an inspiration 🙂 She is beautiful and I love how she uses her story to help other girls with the same problems <3 GOD BLESS YOU DEMI!!!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kate on December 12, 2011 at 07:17

    I believe GOd throws us adversities to show us that we’re strong. Only, you’ve got to have God helping you to get yourself through it, and He can only do that if you ask Him for the help. “Ask, and you shall recieve.”

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ann Marie on December 11, 2011 at 12:47

    I feel that Demi is doing a good thing by using her life’s adversity to help others. I have used my life’s adversities many times to help others. I use relationship experiences to help my friends with theirs.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by BriaLovesJesus on December 10, 2011 at 16:04

    Im so happy with demi 🙂

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by KristenLovesJesus on December 10, 2011 at 15:18

    Demi is one of my favorites! 🙂 I’ve been a fan since I heard her perform GET BACK on Ellen a few years ago, I was sitting outside and heard her sing and was like WHOA SHE CAN ACTUALLY SING! 🙂

    She’s a great role model in my eyes. She at least tries to be, and that’s respectable. She’s also helped me with a lot of my own problems, I love that about her, her strength through her issues has helped me get through my (slightly different) ones. 🙂

    Ever since she got help, she’s come back bigger and better! Sure sometimes she has some issues, but she got right at work for an awesome(well… for the most part) new album for her fans, we waited for her while she was in treatment and so many fans were sending positive tweets to her family.

    Not to forget she comes from a Christian family, and especially her aunt, whose also on twitter with everyone!

  6. Paris

    Posted by Paris on December 9, 2011 at 21:42

    It is a blessing when you help others using a personal testimony. When you bless others,God blesses you.

  7. Twipi

    Posted by Twipi on December 9, 2011 at 19:25

    I love how Demi is using her problems to help others. My struggles with depression and anxiety disorder have inspired me to become a social worker for women with mental health disorders. God puts us places for a reason 🙂

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on December 17, 2011 at 10:37

      Yes, He does! That’s fantastic that you have the courage to face your adversity and allow it to strengthen you.