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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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ending Stigma (Or At Least Trying To!)

I was visiting a store's online website today, when I noticed that they referred to another store as an "OCD refuge." And they meant it in a joking way. Sigh. Lots of times I just ignore it and go on, but today, I decided to address the issue. Below is the email I sent to them, with the name of the store blocked out. Yep, one person, one situation at a time. We sure have our work cut out for us!


UPDATE: I just received an email response from the company.

Hello Monique. Thank you so much for taking the time to email us and our sincere apologies as our intention was not to offend anyone. We really appreciate you pointing this out to us and I will have our team update the description ASAP, though it may take a day or two to upload to our site. Have a wonderful day.

Wow!! There are some really decent people in the world. Sometimes people just need a little education.


19 comments:

  1. Now if only they really were an OCD refuge...as in a place where people with OCD could relax and not experience their OCD!

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    1. And good for you for saying something.

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    2. Oh I know, an OCD refuge place would be awesome! They'd have a huge money maker on their hands!

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  2. YOU. GO. GIRL!!!!!!

    You've heard how to eat an elephant, right? One bite at a time.

    Today, you kicked booty. I am so, so proud of you. Happy to be a voice alongside you!

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    1. Ha thanks, Jackie! I love that - eat an elephant one bite at a time!!

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  3. Jackie got to say it before me: You GO GIRL!! That was ringing through my head as I read this. I am so proud of you! So many people would never take the time to write such an email, and you did it in such a kind and informative way. I'm smiling at you! Thank you for speaking for us.

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    1. We'll, I'm totally shocked they even responded. And within a few hours!

      Thanks, Tina for the support.

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  4. Hi Monique, your letter is so well written! I am so happy that you spoke out about this! You did it in a constructive way and in a way that only someone who knows first hand about OCD. I am really proud of you! Sending you a warm hug and much love.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I'll take that hug and send one back at ya!

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    1. I just wonder how many organizations would respond positively like that?

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  6. Way to go, Sunny (that's still your name to me even though you are Monique:))!! Your email was written so well, and with respect, and I do think decent people will respond positively to that. Well done!

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    1. Thanks, Janet! I LOVE the "Sunny" nickname, so feel free to keep using it. : )

      Well, what's that saying? "You get more flies with honey than vinegar."

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  7. Great job! Your letter was really nice yet still took a stand! It sounds like they took it very well, too.

    I recently saw a business title that used OCD in it. Something with Detail, I think. Anyway, that one just leaves me feeling a bit hopeless. Like, what can I do? Ask them to change the name of their business? That seems like a lot to ask. (And I was a bit surprised that their casual OCD reference was in such a prominent position.)

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    1. Hey Abigail! Oh, I agree, they're definitely not going to change their name. How rude, though! I guess people think they are just being funny. And, if they really don't know anything about OCD, well, in a way, I *guess* it's not their fault. Still bugs me though. But, what can you do? So, I just try to focus on the stuff I can change.

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    2. So terrific, both that you took the time to write and educate, and that they took ownership, responded, and corrected the situation. It annoys me no end when our disorder is ignorantly battered about. Could you imagine any other human disorder/disease/disability treated as lightly as ours? I know it's supposed to be cute, "I'm just so OCD about that", but a gentle and respectful letter such as yours, does truly change our environment, one step at a time. So proud of you that I shared this link to one of my on line OCD support groups where someone just today was lamenting the very same issue. Thanks! Way to go!

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    3. Oh wow, Carol, thank you so much for your kind words!! I'm so honored that you felt this worthy of passing on.

      I was so pleasantly surprised when they responded so nicely and quickly. I expected to be thrown to the back of the e-mail junk pile!

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  8. I am so,proud of you Sunny...and I am thrilled they responded positively to you're email. I think it is probably true that some people are not educated in the pain and sufferer ing of OCD and see it as just a phrase to use. I saw someone use it as a cleaning company slogan once and I wanted to scream. So I guess we just have to educate people one at a time and you did a fine job. Krystallynn

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    1. Aghhhhhh a cleaning company slogan!?! Aghhhhhh. I think my head would have split open had I saw that!! ha ha ha

      I bet many people have absolutely no idea what those 3 little letters mean. So many sayings get into our speech and we just use them totally unaware of the background.

      Thanks for your support, Krystal Lynn. I miss your blog and I hope you are doing well.

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