A copy of the Declaration of Independence hangs prominently in the Great Room of the Plantation House at Canopy Cove.  Can you see it on our website picture?  The reason that we have it there is that this important document from the history of our country reminds us daily about the importance of independence from the eating disorder.

On June 7, 1776 in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), the Continental Congress heard Richard Henry Lee of Virginia read his resolution beginning: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”  It was from this statement that the official Declaration of independence was born.

Each of us, if we are honest, can identify things in our lives that, either now or at one time, we have needed independence from. Think about one of those things.  Maybe it is an eating disorder or codependence in a relationship.  What if we take this resolution from Mr. Lee and rephrase it for ourselves to read something like this: “Resolved: That Jane is, and of right ought to be, FREE and independent from her eating disorder and that she is absolved from all allegiance to this eating disorder, and that all connection between her and this eating disorder is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

When the colonial people announced this resolution and a few weeks later the document we all know as the Declaration of Independence, they did so with general jubilation and martial parades.  They went on to became bold warriors who fought off an organized and strong army.  They initiated battles that seemed hopeless but they were not defeated.  They banded together and searched for ways to fight harder and longer through harsh conditions. After years of fighting they had a FREE country that we now know as the United States of America.

At Canopy Cove we have regular celebrations with people as they free themselves from the tyranny of the eating disorder.  We band together with our clients to fight hard against the painful assault that they suffer physically and emotionally.  They are brave warriors who fight hard to become FREE to be their REAL selves.

On this July 4th, I would encourage you to ask yourself this:   What is worth fighting for inside of you?  Each of us is an amazing creation worthy of independence and freedom to live a life of joyful moments.  Perhaps it’s time for you to write your own Declaration of Independence and post it in your room to honor your self-worth.

~Karen Gibbons, Director of Programs