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OCD 'QUOTE OF THE DAY'

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Oh, I have another one! This is one my friend told me the other day...makes me laugh :lol:

'If life gives you lemons find someone whom life gave vodka and start one helluva party!'

I also have one I read ages ago which I think can be important to remember sometimes...

'Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom' - General George Patton

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Guest Bell Jar

"happiness is a journey; not a destination"

(and i haven't even embarked on it :lol:)

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These resonated for me recently:

"Freedom doesn't mean an absence of all restrictions. It means possessing unshakable conviction in the face of any obstacle. This is true freedom."

also, similarly:

"Without opposition there is no growth. It is hard to argue with that logic. A state in which we are free from problems or constraints is not happiness. Happiness is transcending all opposition and obstacles and continuing to grow."

I personally found these really positive beacuse even if it isn't what we want to hear, in life there will ALWAYS be obstacles and challenges.....you can call them problems, (personally I generally prefer not to! but that's only semantics.)

Think of everyone you know, with and without OCD.....who has an absolutely carefree life? I say no one! ~ even if your personal life is close to perfect, there are also many, many problems in the world which I believe we are all responsible for making a contribuation towards improving, whether locally and/or globally.

These thoughts tied in with what Prof. Salkovskis said at one point at the conference.....when someone asked Wendy (the lady who took part in the OCD TV programme) about her recovery and if she still has anxiety/intrusive thoughts etc. as I recall, she said that she does, but she is much more able to let them go (please pardon me if I am misquoting/paraphrasing Wendy! but I am trying to make a general point) Prof. S gave the example of having intrusive thoughts/compulsions himself, as ALL people do.....recovery from Obsessive Compulsive DISORDER does NOT mean complete absence from Obsessive Compulsive Phenomenon (ie difficult thoughts, compulsions etc.) he concluded by saying that recovery from OCD gives us the CHOICE to ignore these thoughts/compulsions.

This is all a rather long-winded way of saying that it has helped me to accept that even if there was a magic wand and I could wake up tomorrow without OCD I would still have other issues and thoughts as EVERYONE does, and that tackling challenges in life can make us stronger more resourceful people.

I have still got to tackle my OCD properly and work hard to recover, but I am beginning to have more realistic ideas about what that means.....ie, it doesn't mean when I'm better I'll never have a difficult thought/compulsion/anxiety again.....and in a strange way, knowing that makes the prospect of getting through the treatment easier..... It means I'm not aiming to become superhuman! I'm just aiming to be able to walk down the street without being overwhelmed by anxiety most of the day......Oh, and to fulfil my potential and achieve my dreams!

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Guest Anna

One of the quotes on my signature is the following...

"Real life always puts rocks in your way - climb them"

I was told this while I was in Patagonia (Chile) by a very wise guide.

I use this in my everyday life as well as my OCD life when I need inspiration!!

Anna x.

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Hi Anna original.gif

I was told this while I was in Patagonia (Chile) by a very wise guide.

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Are you for real about Patagonia? That must have been a faaaaaaaaaantastic trip!!!!! Lot's of huge, tall spiky mountains..... nice. a1_cheesygrin.gif

S

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Thank you, that's helpful too. Cool that you were in Chile!

That reminds me I've also made a note recently of one of someone else's signature quotes "I don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains" Anne Frank

I think this is really beautiful and heartening particularly considering the situation she was in. It has helped me remember in my worst OCD moments that there is always hope and there is always beauty in the world and has motivated me to push myself and persevere through the most difficult challenges and will continue to do so

R*X

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I can't believe I found this quote on the bottom of a cereal packet this morning! (It's some poncey American, Organic cereal incase you're wondering! Kelloggs aren't known for quoting Gandhi on Crunchy Nut Cornflakes!)

"We must become the change we want to be." (Gandhi)

This reminded me of another, different idea that I came across in a Buddhist book.....that is, we are already the person we want to be, it is just obscured by different feelings (fear,doubts etc) we have to work hard to bring it out in ourselves ~ but everything we want to be is essentially already there.....hmmm, I don't think I've expressed that as clearly as it was in the book, but hopefully you get the jist!

:)

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Two William Blake ones here:

"The weak in courage is strong in cunning."

Is there a better description of OCD as an enemy?!!?

The second one I cannot recall directly, but it goes something like:

"He who has a creative talent and does not nurture or fulfill it, will find later life an act of sorrow and despair..."

Yikes!

j

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Guest HayleyMartin

Two William Blake ones here:

"The weak in courage is strong in cunning."

Is there a better description of OCD as an enemy?!!?

The second one I cannot recall directly, but it goes something like:

"He who has a creative talent and does not nurture or fulfill it, will find later life an act of sorrow and despair..."

Yikes!

j

i just wrote this here to see if it would update this thread, cause some of the quotes on it r brill. hope this is ok :p

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Jade's current favourite:

Doubt shall not make an end of you

Jade's current favourite:

Doubt shall not make an end of you

Oh, and, not that OCD related but, one used the year I was single

I used to be Snow White but I drifted :lol: .....*creeps back on topic*

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Guest daybyday

Very unusual for me, but this week I've found inspiration from the words of Kylie Minogue. About her cancer, she said:

"So really I've got a mountain to climb, but I don't fancy hanging around at the bottom of the mountain."

I think that's so true. All too often we just beat ourselves up and do nothing about it. We have to do some work, no matter how much we don't want to, if we're to get to a better place.

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Guest Buckeye

"You can never really pay back. You can only pay forward."

"Paralyze resistance with persistence."

"One thing you cannot afford ever to do is to feel sorry for yourself."

Woody Hayes

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"The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of an eye: the more light you pour on it, the more it will contract." - Ken Siman, The Beauty Trip

“Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.” - Dale Carnegie

“Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

"So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen" - M C Escher

"There are times when life questions you. And your answer changes everything"

My favourite one:

"You always struggle frantically to keep yourself from drowning... when if you'd just relax, you'd find out that you float"

and a funny one :p

"Last night as I lay in bed looking at the stars, I thought "Where the hell is the ceiling?!"

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Guest Seaturtle

Today's mighty oak tree is just yesterday's nut that held it's ground.

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