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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Friday, May 9, 2014

Heads or Tails?

A friend of mine recently said this about reassurance:


Reassurance is the flip side of the same OCD coin, even though we don't always recognize that. If the fear is "heads," reassurance is "tails."

We seek reassurance to bring our anxiety, or fear, down. Anything that brings our fear down (in an artificially quicker way) is considered a compulsion. Performing compulsions only reinforces obsessions (fear inducing thoughts). So . . . the moral of the story? We need to stop seeking reassurance.

A lot easier said than done.

6 comments:

  1. Yes, that is a LOT easier said than done :)

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  2. I guess if it were easy to do, it wouldn't be OCD.......Good post, Sunny, and right to the point - no reassurance!

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  3. Yep, I have to watch myself, that I'm not seeking reassurance. Sometimes it's so automatic . . .

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  4. Amen to it being a lot easier than done. I love this analogy, dear Monique. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  5. Sounds so simple and easy BUT you are right that it is so so very hard to actually do.

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    1. Thanks for your comments ladies! Yes, I thought it was a great analogy too!

      I'll admit, seeking reassurance is still a really hard one for me. Part of it is that I want someone else to take on the responsibility for my decisions, so if something goes wrong, well, it's not MY fault!!

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