Oh yeah, Paws, good call about PRACTICE being a member of our "basic elements of life" list.
Practice is a funny word. It's one of those that, in and of itself, is neutral and doesn't mean anything "good" or "bad." But it's one of those terms that people (yes, especially people who tend toward eating disorders) often develop strong feelings about- usually, of course, judgmental ones!
You guys see where this is going... if perfectionistic thoughts get involved you suddenly think practicing is bad and wrong, and if you were good enough or smart enough or cute enough or strong enough or fast enough you'd be able to do anything and everything instantly and would never need practice...practice is actually for losers...
In fact, practice is AWESOME. It's (you'll roll your eyes here) kind of a gift we get throughout our lives. We get to keep learning and discovering and trying out things and refining our knowledge and understanding of things and developing new skills and interests... it's actually WAY cool.
And, by the way, ALL of us get to practice all the time. Consider this- the some types of things are even called practices! Like people who do yoga- they call it a yoga practice; or meditation is often called a meditation practice. I'd submit to you guys that even this is true: if we aren't practicing, we aren't fully living.
I like to think of a life of practice, and the practice of recovery, and the practice of being true to ourselves, and the practice of learning to live fully and authentically, and the practice of allowing ourselves to have what we want and need... see? there's so many good things to get to practice!
Thanks for the reminder, Paws!
Have a good day of practice dudes :)