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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Monday, November 18, 2013

Alive & Kicking

The chorus of the Simple Minds' 80's hit, "Alive and Kicking," has been rolling around my head the last few days every time I thought about writing this post. Yes, I am indeed still alive and kicking, though you'd never know it from the lack of posts recently.

It's been a combination of things that's kept me from writing. I've been unbelievably busy (a good thing that I enjoy) and I had a couple of difficult situations recently that have been painful and anxiety provoking (a not so good thing). It was nothing earth shattering, but I do need to develop a thicker skin. If you figure out how to accomplish that one, please fill me in because frankly, I haven't a clue.

Unfortunately, one of the ways my anxiety showed up was in the form of hit and run OCD. One day last week, I spent almost an hour re-driving by "troublesome" areas. This is the worst episode I've had in quite a while. It's not the end of the world and I can move on from it, but it's still frustrating. C'est la vie.

In the meantime, I press forward. I hope things will calm down soon so that I will be able to post (and read!) blogs again.

Just a thought for both you and me as we head into the holidays. Nothing has to be perfect. There is no perfect gift, so we don't need to torture ourselves trying to find one. It's easy to idealize the holidays and then become disappointed when they don't meet our expectations. I think it's important to remember to take care of ourselves by trying to get adequate rest and also to take the time to enjoy (and be mindful of) the specialness of this season. God bless.