Thursday, September 9, 2010

Reminders of recovery

I'm super busy this week with working on a powerpoint for work, conference calls, and working on a big project for October, so though I have posts I really want to write, they are going to have to wait until the end of the weekend.

In the meantime, here are some cool photos I took recently that reminded me of recovery:

I happened to see these yesterday afternoon on my three-quarter eaten curly parsley plant for Clover. I originally thought they were some kind of worm, but from a quick google image search, I learned they were Black Swallowtail caterpillars. As we all know with caterpillars, they eventually metamorphose into beautiful butterflies.

I think recovery can be looked at like the life cycle of a butterfly. ( ) is my interpretation of ED recovery. Butterflies start with an egg (idea of recovery forms) In the larva stage, they are caterpillars where they eat to grow (re-feeding/weight gain) The third stage is the Chrysalis or pupa stage. This is when the caterpillar has reached its full weight/length and forms a pupa (cocoon structure) It may look like nothing is going on, but amazing transformations are taking place inside. Tissues, limbs, and organs are becoming developed for the butterfly (ED processing, change of thoughts, ideas, and actions) In the fourth and final stage, beautiful adult butterflies emerge. The butterflies shed their cocoon substance and have soft, folded wings which they must learn to fly with in order to survive and mate. (testing the waters of recovery, may be a slow process, learn to apply knowledge we have learned)

In this last stage, we learn, rediscover, and break free from the ED. We emerge more aware, more understanding, and in a healthier state of body and mind. Just like the life cycle of a butterfly continues on and on, sometimes our recovery is too. It may take more than one life cycle of a butterfly for us to finally turn into that butterfly of recovery.

Recovery is also like a tunnel. It is long and can be windy. We may feel like we are stuck in one particular spot forever, but in reality, there is always an end, an opening, a light at the end of the tunnel. At times, it is only that light that reminds us of the goal, keeps us in perspective when all feels lost or we are frustrated. Therefore, if we continue through the tunnel, we can eventually find our way out.

Note--*Caterpillar pictures were taken at night! I was quite impressed with myself!


Eating Alone said...

There were very cool pics. And I think my cat would love the tunnel if it was a little smaller.

That is a good metaphor for ED's.

Cammy said...

Love the thought you put into this, those are really good descriptions of the recovery process. I hope you're having a good week, much <3.

I Hate to Weight said...

Great photos and perfect analogy.

i love the way you describe the process. it helps me think about all my addictions.

ola said...

I wish recovery would be some programmed proces with defined stadia. The tunel analogy and THE EXISTENCE OF THE OPENING is so hopeful and beautiful idea! Thank you!

Dr. Deb said...

That caterpillar is so beautiful. Do you think it is symbolic or coincidence that the caterpillar also goes through a transformation?


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Missy said...

Oh Boy ...where do I begin?
I LOVE this...I have some pretty strong beliefs about butterflies and catterpillars and metamorphosis.

So, I am glad someone out there can relate and share the beauty and joy in realizing they are God's little symbols for us.