Addicted to Food
There was an episode of ATF that had the participants sitting around a fire to share their excuses to why they could not get healthy and stop over using food. Each would bravely read their slip of paper than throw it into the fire. The object was that after so many weeks of work they were prepared to let go of their excuses and move on with their lives. For me there was a great deal of Catholic symbolism in that act. The participants confessing their faults, letting the consuming fire of God's love transform, but that is far as it went. Where was the pay off? This exercise has been used in retreats for years. Like the expectations of the ATF retreat this activity lets you release your demon, faults, whatever you want to call them, but you also need the second half; something that was not shown on the show, what are you going to do to replace the overuse of food? How are you called to change? What have you learned from this experience that you will take into your life? Where was the victory over your problem?
Have we become so fixated on the problem that we feel that is all we need to look at? In good therapy, spiritual direction, peer supervision, reconciliation, there is always the examination of what went on, a look at what responsibility you had, but there is always a positive response and positive tools that move you forward. As Daughters of God we are not bad puppies who must get their noses rubbed in their mess, a brutal practice that never teaches the dog proper behaviour! But all these reality shows seem to do is rub peoples nose into their mess, the shows fall short on true support, support that is loving and kind; support that says yes you made mistakes, but don't let them hammer you into the ground, no, let God give you the tools to lift you up.
What is it that keeps us chained to our addictions? I say that we have lost sight that we are good, and worthy of God's love.