One of my favorite bloggers, Tina, at Bringing Along OCD, wrote an excellent post today about fighting the distorted thinking that accompanies depression. In my own battle against OCD and depression, my psychologist and I spent a good deal of time discussing the cognitive distortions that clouded my thinking and kept me in a shroud of pain and confusion. I think it can be incredibly easy to get so locked into one type of thinking that you don't even realize that there are other ways to look at life. Learning about my distorted thoughts was a true revelation. Learning how to fight them was a literal life saver. If you struggle with depression or anxiety, I highly recommend that you read Tina's post.
Why "71º & Sunny?"
I consider 71º to be the perfect temperature. Not too cold and not too hot. I also love perfect sunny days. The vast majority of days are not 71º & Sunny and yet, all days were created by God's hand and they are still gifts, even if they don't fit my ridiculous definition of perfection. My struggle with OCD has at times imprisoned me in an impossible attempt to achieve perfection. I'm now learning to love all kinds of days that don't even come close to 71º & Sunny.
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