On Instagram and Facebook, Inspiration to Overcome shares quotes, aphorisms, and other words of truth with a meaningful, inspiring message for people with anxiety or mood disorders. Each one is posted with an accompanying image and my own explanation of the quote’s significance and applicability to your life, as well as mine. I strive to ensure that every #inspirationtoovercome quote is accurate and has the potential to inspire significant change, as opposed to repeating overly used cliches and empty phrases. However, be mindful that life is rarely as simple as can be expressed in words, and because each person’s struggles are unique, these words will have different applications for different people.

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#259"Like wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people never thought you would."
—E. V.
Grow in all the ways people never thought you could. Go to the places they never thought you would. Prove the skeptics wrong. Prove yourself wrong. Prove the gardener right."Like wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people never thought you would." —E. V.2018/11/01#ThursdayThoughts
#258"It's okay to be who you are, where you are, and how you are, right now."
—Inspiration to Overcome
I know what it's like to be someone I can't be, stuck somewhere I don't belong, feeling how I can't feel. I understand the frustration of knowing deep inside that you were made for so much more than this, but feeling powerless to do anything about it. I worry every day about what the future holds for me, and for you, both of us completely oblivious to our full potential. I promise you, you are capable of far more than you know. I promise you, there is always hope. I promise you, things will get better. But until then, who you are today is enough."It's okay to be who you are, where you are, and how you are, right now." —Inspiration to Overcome2018/10/30
#257"Your mental health matters. Your story matters. Your recovery matters. Your life matters. You matter."
—The Mighty
Happy World Mental Health Day! You matter today, and every day.mental health matters2018/10/10#AwarenessWednesday
#256"I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying."
—Nelson Mandela
That's what really matters."I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying." —Nelson Mandela2018/10/05#FaithFriday
#255"Making a decision is like answering a multiple choice question. Sometimes the choices confuse you, not the question itself."
—Inspiration to Overcome, var. Unknown
Sometimes we already know what the right answer is intellectually, but the other choices feel more appealing to us in the moment. Don't let those other options lead you astray.

#revised for #FBF on 2018/11/02:
Sometimes the best choice is the hardest one to make. Even when we know what is best for us in the long term, we often default to what feels easier for us in the moment. Other times there really is no "best" choice: it's just a matter of picking something and sticking with it. This can be challenging for someone with OCD, who might feel the need to analyze every decision to make sure it's the "right" one. In either case, it is often the options, not the question itself, that bring the most uncertainty. When we step back to look at what's really important, or what we really want, we already know what the answer should be.
"Making a decision is like answering a multiple choice question. Sometimes the choices confuse you, not the question itself." —Inspiration to Overcome, var. Unknown2018/10/04#ThursdayThoughts
#254"Success doesn't come what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently."
Being consistent with your treatment goals doesn't mean being perfect all the time. What's more important is that you persist when things go wrong. The more you can persist with feeling uncertain and uncomfortable. the more consistent you will become at achieving your goals."Success doesn't come what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently." —Unknown2018/10/03
#253"Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible."
—Mandy Hale
When everything is certain, hope is not possible."Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible." —Mandy Hale2018/10/02
#252"Feel it. Let it wash over you. But don't let it stay. Don't let it be all that you are."
—Molly Sarah Weiss, "If You Needed Something Today," via TWLOHA
It is impossible to move past the hurt without feeling it first. Let yourself experience the pain, but don't let it define you."Feel it. Let it wash over you. But don't let it stay. Don't let it be all that you are." —Molly Sarah Weiss, "If You Needed Something Today," via TWLOHA2018/10/01#MindfulMonday
#251"To love is to be vulnerable."
—C. S. Lewis
In order to experience love, you must also be open to the possibility of experiencing rejection and fear. People can only love you when you let them in. In order to give love, you must be willing to accept what the other person has inside.to love is to be vulnerable cs lewis2018/09/27#ThursdayThoughts
#250"The goal isn't to get rid of all your negative thoughts and feelings; that's impossible. The goal is to change your response to them."
—Marc and Angel
Many people have this idea that overcoming "bad" thoughts and feelings means pushing them away or eliminating them entirely. Some insist that negative thoughts have some special energy or power of their own, so they must be replaced by positive thoughts or else the negative ones will come true. Others are afraid that their horrid, egodystonic thoughts are a reflection of who they really are or what they really want. In reality, no line of factually inaccurate thinking could be more poisonous to OCD recovery. We cannot control the vast majority of our thoughts, and absolutely 0% of our emotions. What they mean for us is all in how we respond with our behaviors. We must consciously choose not to respond to intrusive thoughts and compulsive urges, or else subconscious habit will respond for us. The more we can learn to just let them, the less anxiety they will cause, and eventually, the less frequent they will become."The goal isn't to get rid of all your negative thoughts and feelings; that's impossible. The goal is to change your response to them." —Marc and Angel2018/09/26#AwarenessWednesday
#249"But hope isn't only found at the mountaintop. It's in the valley too, and in the climb up."
—Jess, "A Place Called Hope," via TWLOHA
Even in "the slippery slope back down," hope is always around."But hope isn't only found at the mountaintop. It's in the valley too, and in the climb up." —Jess, "A Place Called Hope," via TWLOHA2018/09/25
#248"Everything is going to be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."
"Everything is going to be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end." —Unknown2018/09/22
#247"I show you doubt, to prove that faith exists."
—Robert Browning
Real faith can only exist when it is possible to doubt."I show you doubt, to prove that faith exists." —Robert Browning2018/09/21#FaithFriday
#246"In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you."
—Andrea Dykstra
As painful as it's been, I don't know who I would be without it."In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you." —Andrea Dykstra2018/09/20#ThursdayThoughts
#245"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take, relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make."
So take that chance. Chances are, it will be worth it.in the end regret missed chances relationships decisions quote2018/09/18
#244"Is it fear you're afraid of?"
—Switchfoot, "Love Alone Is Worth the Fight"
Sometimes the thing we fear the most is simply experiencing anxiety."Is it fear you're afraid of?" —Switchfoot, "Love Alone Is Worth the Fight"2018/09/13#ThursdayThoughts
#243"Tomorrow has so much potential for sun. We just have to find a way to hold on long enough to let it rise."
—Jessica Strait, via To Write Love On Her Arms
Tomorrow needs you."Tomorrow has so much potential for sun. We just have to find a way to hold on long enough to let it rise." —Jessica Strait, via To Write Love On Her Arms2018/09/12#AwarenessWednesday
#242"If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit."
It can be so hard to rest sometimes, especially when your mind is constantly occupied by worries or obsessive thoughts. But whatever you do, please don't quit when you start to feel overwhelmed. Take some time away if you need it, even if it's just for a moment, and you will feel refreshed and more able to tackle things later."If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit." —Unknown2018/09/11
#241"It is not necessary to react to everything you notice."
Most things are meant to be let go.It is not necessary to react to everything you notice.2018/09/10#MindfulMonday
#240"Maybe it goes well. Or maybe you don't push through the anxiety. Maybe you don't face it. But you love yourself anyway."
—To Write Love On Her Arms
Overcoming anxiety is NOT an easy thing to do. In the moments when it's just too much, remember to love yourself first. Know that it is okay to struggle, to hurt, to mess up, to be less than perfect. Even in the moments when everything goes wrong, you are always worthy of love."Maybe it goes well. Or maybe you don't push through the anxiety. Maybe you don't face it. But you love yourself anyway." —To Write Love On Her Arms2018/09/09
#239"Transformation has come from connecting with other people through our brokenness, not in spite of it."
—To Write Love On Her Arms
"Transformation has come from connecting with other people through our brokenness, not in spite of it." —To Write Love On Her Arms2018/09/08
#238"Certainly I believe that God gave us life for happiness,
not misery. Humanity, I am sure, will never be made
lazy or indifferent by an excess of happiness.
The order of nature will always necessitate pain,
failure, separation, death; and these will probably
become more menacing as the complexities
and dangerous experiments of a vast world civilization
increase. The delicate task will remain ours to
ensure God’s gift—joy—to His children.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes
true happiness. It is not attained through
self-gratification but through fidelity to a
worthy purpose. Happiness should be a means
of accomplishment, like health, not an end in itself."
—Helen Keller
Always remember these three things about your purpose: it is unique, it is God-given, and it is worthy. True happiness flows from true purpose.Helen Keller true happiness worthy purpose God quote2018/09/07#FaithFriday
#237"The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It's about what you're made of, not the circumstances."
Even when your circumstances are as volatile as boiling water, you have what it takes to endure."The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It's about what you're made of, not the circumstances." —Unknown2018/09/06#ThursdayThoughts
#236"It is frustrating that I cannot explain to people what it feels like."
—People with Mental or Chronic Health Conditions
It's always difficult for me when someone asks, "How are you?" or "How are you feeling?" There are simply no words to describe how I feel sometimes, even if I could find them at the moment. As much as I appreciate it when people take the time to ask me how I'm doing, I dread having to over-analyze my emotions and my day to provide an accurate description. Often, it's just easier to respond with the same generic statements, like "I'm okay," "I'm tired," or "I'm overwhelmed." Please know that when a person with a mental or chronic health condition like me says these things, it is not just the same as always. There is almost always more going on that we cannot explain."It is frustrating that I cannot explain to people what it feels like." —People with Mental or Chronic Health Conditions2018/09/05#AwarenessWednesday
#235"The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow."
A real rainbow can only be formed when the Sun shines through a storm. Be the rainbow. Shine with the light of the Sun, burst through the storm, and show your true colors for all to see."The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow." —Unknown2018/09/04
#234"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
—C. S. Lewis
No matter where you are at right now, there still far better days ahead."There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." —C. S. Lewis2018/09/03#I2Oimage
#233"Push yourself because no one is going to do it for you."
There are some things we can only face ourselves."Push yourself because no one is going to do it for you." —Unknown2018/09/02
#232"H.O.P.E. — Hold On, Pain Ends"
There is always hope.hold on, pain ends (HOPE)2018/09/01
#231"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
—C. S. Lewis
The purpose in the pain . . ."I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." —C. S. Lewis2018/08/31#FaithFriday
#230"Your worst battle is between what you know and what you feel."
This is very often true for someone with anxiety or OCD. We usually know on some level that what we are worrying about is irrational, but the fear or anxiety is so powerful that it becomes seemingly impossible to reason with. Sometimes, the anxious thought patterns can become so frequent and distressing that we begin to question what we know. Uncertainty and anxiety makes us doubt everything—even who we are and what we believe in. Then, the lies of depression can set in, making us feel lonely and worthless, numb and hopeless. If you're in the midst of a battle with your feelings today, just know that they don't have to win, but that you don't have to fight them either. If you find what is true and right, then work on applying it, in time, those feelings will be defeated."Your worst battle is between what you know and what you feel." —Unknown2018/08/30
#229"Real hope is not merely wishful thinking or a primitive survival instinct. Real hope is not an irrational method of coping with adversity or the unknown. It is faith that something exists beyond what we can see and comprehend at the moment, and confidence in its potential to be good. Real hope exists, and it exists in you."
—Inspiration to Overcome
real hope faith and confidence #hopeweek2018/08/02#HopeWeek
#228"My hope is that God will have changed people's lives through me for the better."
—Joyce Meyer
I hope.my hope #hopeweek2018/08/01#HopeWeek
originally intended for #FaithFriday
#227"I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting."
—Barack Obama, 2012 victory speech
Sorry about the interruption in #HopeWeek last week. I was in Washington, DC on vacation and attending the International OCD Conference, and I ran out of time to schedule the last three hope quotes. Day 5 is Barack Obama's definition of hope from his victory speech in 2012. I believe that this hope still exists today. Do you?Barack Obama hope is that stubborn thing #hopeweek2018/07/31#HopeWeek
#226"Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
—Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption
Even in the most dismal of circumstances, there is still hope.hope never dies shawshank redemption quote #hopeweek2018/07/25#HopeWeek
#225"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."
—Anne Lamott
hope begins in the dark #hopeweek2018/07/24#HopeWeek
#224"Hope is not pretending that troubles don't exist. It is the trust that they will not last forever, that hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. It is faith that a source of strength and renewal lies within to lead us through the dark into the sunshine."
—Elizabeth Chase
Mental illness is real. But so is hope.hope is #hopeweek2018/07/23#HopeWeek
#223"Hope is faith waiting for tomorrow."
—John Ortberg, Know Doubt
True hope can be defined as the future tense of faith: a confident belief in an uncertain thing, with the expectation it will happen in the future. With faith, we trust in someone or something; with hope, we wait longingly for someone or something. Both require that we find meaning in an uncertain world.hope is faith waiting for tomorrow #hopeweek2018/07/22#HopeWeek
#222"I think you always need to try your best, but at the same time you can only do what you can do. Don't beat yourself up about it."
—Heidi Klum
#221"Challenge the lies you've told yourself."
—To Write Love on Her Arms
You are worth more.2018/07/19#ThursdayThoughts
#220"Sometimes the scariest thing isn't what I'm struggling with. It's what people will think about who I am and how they'll treat me as a result."
#219"You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will."
—Stephen King
Remember, you are braver than you think.2018/07/17
#218"It is up to you to see the beauty of everyday things."
In our world of constant chaos and looming problems, it can be hard to appreciate the wonder of life's everyday details. Take some time today to stop notice the goodness of the small things.2018/07/16#MindfulMonday
#217"The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself."
—Maya Angelou
At times, we are our own harshest critic. It can be difficult sometimes to love and respect yourself when you have a mental health condition. Often society makes you feel like you aren't enough, or your own longing for something better makes you hate the way you are right now. It will get better, but until then, who you are today is enough. Don't let anyone, even yourself, tell you otherwise.2018/06/17
#216"You can choose to be brave today."
—To Write Love on Her Arms
Yes you can, yes you will, and yes you have.you can choose to be brave today2018/06/16
#215"Lord, lead me because I can't do this alone."
We were never meant to do this on our own. Hope and help are always available to give, and to receive.2018/06/15#FaithFriday
#214"In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety."
—Abraham Maslow
Growth happens when we take a risk by stepping forward out of our comfort zones and into the unknown.2018/06/14
#213"The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are."
Sounds easy enough, but it's not. Letting go of the familiarity of your present situation, no matter how painful it may be, often requires embracing a new kind of discomfort you may have seldom felt before: the uncertainty of truly living. The first, ongoing, and often most difficult step is resolving that you won't stay where you are.2018/06/13
#212"Motivation is what gets you started; habit is what keeps you going."
True for all things, no matter what path you're on. It takes a lot of motivation and hard work to change unhealthy habits and to build new ones, but no matter how far down the path you are, it is never too late to turn around.2018/06/12
#211"I'm thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength."
—Alex Elle
Isn't it remarkable how much our struggles can change and grow who we are as a person? Sometimes by experiencing something incredibly painful we develop strengths and a purpose in life we never could have imagined before.2018/06/11#MindfulMonday
#210"You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery."
If all you did was choose to wake up today, that is brave. You are brave. Don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise.2018/06/06#AwarenessWednesday
#209"You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared, or anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a 'negative person.' It makes you human."
—Lori Deschene
All of your feelings are valid and worthy of others’ respect. You should never have to hide how you really feel from people who truly care about you. While not everyone will understand or agree with you, you will only find people who do when you express yourself as you truly are.2018/06/04#MindfulMonday
#208"Don't miss out on something that could be amazing just because it could also be difficult."
Like recovery, most amazing outcomes are difficult to achieve. Growth is a result of change, and change often causes pain. But the amazing things to come in your life are worth more than any challenge you might encounter and more powerful than any uncertainty or pain you may experience. So when you feel like you just can't, remember that you can. And even if you don't believe it, commit to taking a step forward anyway and prepare to be amazed.2018/05/05#MentalHealthMonth
#207"Don't wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life."
—Joyce Meyer
If you've been putting off things that are enjoyable or meaningful to you until everything feels right or all of the broken pieces of your life have fallen into place: that will never happen. Life will never be perfect, but life can be great. The time to enjoy life is now, so take the first step and choose one small enjoyable thing to do today.2018/05/03#MentalHealthMonth
#206"Relapse is a part of recovery. Don't beat yourself up about it. What matters now is if you let it destroy you, or strengthen you."
It's never too late to start again.2018/04/11#AwarenessWednesday
#205"Opportunity is often delivered in a fog of uncertainty."
Beyond the mist, beauty awaits.2018/04/10
#204"You didn't come this far to only come this far."
#203"You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering."
—Ernest Hemingway
#202"Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over."
Persistence is essential to recovery, but setbacks and failures are inevitable. Never be discouraged from taking a step back, evaluating, and starting over fresh when necessary.2018/04/03
#201"Sometimes you just need to talk about something—not to get sympathy or help, but just to kill its power by allowing the truth of things to hit the air."
—Karen Salmansohn
Everyone expresses their pain in different ways. Some confide in trusted friends, others with total strangers. Some process their thoughts and emotions in writing that no one else will see or prayers that only God will hear, while others share their written and spoken art with the hope of inspiring others. No matter how we may choose to express our troubling thoughts and feelings, the most important thing is that we acknowledge them so that the truth (or lies) behind them can be brought out into the light.2018/04/02
#200"Do you want to get well?"
—Jesus in John 5:6
Mental illness is hard. Recovery is harder. Sometimes it is legitimately easier and more comforting to remain stuck in the same old cycle of fear and despair than it is to feel the pain and uncertainty of moving forward. I know because this is how I have felt for the past couple of years. Until now. Facing mental illness requires a willingness to feel terrible things, to feel them persistently, and to experience them without judgement or trying to change or avoid them. It requires that you reach a point at which you WANT to get WELL more than you want to feel safe. Of course no one wants to be suffering, but the real question is, what are you willing to chance to end that suffering? Are you willing to do YOUR part, to do whatever it takes, despite the risk? Because your life and your future are worth infinitely more than that risk. You are worth more than any pain or any obstacle you might encounter. You are worth getting well.do you want to get well?2018/03/06#I2Oimage
#199"It takes great courage to admit you're feeling broken or to seek help."
—To Write Love On Her Arms
Reaching out is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of courage and determination to get well.it takes great courage2018/03/03
#198"All behavioral or mood disorders—including depression, OCD, ADHD, and addiction—have some neurochemical components, but sufferers can still work to overcome them."
—Jeffrey Kluger
Recovery takes persistent focus and effort, but it is possible.can overcome behavioral or mood disorders2018/01/31#AwarenessWednesday
#197"Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty."
—John Huston Finley
Maturity comes in many forms: physical, legal, intellectual, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and many more. However, they all require two things: change and experience. Change always brings uncertainty, and experiencing and enduring uncertainty builds maturity.2018/01/29#MindfulMonday
#196"We may define therapy as a search for value."
—Abraham Maslow
The goal of therapy is to overcome the obstacles preventing you from realizing your full value and potential.2018/01/11#ThursdayThoughts
#195"Trauma is anything that overwhelms the brain's ability to cope."
Any event that overwhelms a person's ability to cope (no matter your feelings about it) can be a precursor to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or another anxiety-related disorder. Every person is unique, and therefore every person responds to traumatic events and life stressors differently.2018/01/10#AwarenessWednesday
#194"Bravery is not fearlessness. So no need to be so hard on yourself when your fears and apprehensions come up. It's feeling the fear that makes you brave. You keep going despite how bad you feel. That's the hero in you darling. Keep doing your thing."
—S. C. Lourie
#193"Celebrate your own victories, because no one else understands what it took to accomplish them."
—Simple Reminders
#192"Clutter is not just physical stuff. It's old ideas, toxic relationships, and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self."
—Eleanor Brownn
Mental clutter (and mental hoarding) is something all too familiar for me. What kinds of "mental baggage" are you holding onto?2017/12/16
#191"It doesn't matter who said it's too late for you. You aren't on anyone's schedule but God's."
#190"When we are more excited for the next step, we are more willing to get rid of clutter."
—Sabrina Quairoli
Letting go of the old and familiar becomes easier when we realize that we have more to look forward to in the new.2017/12/14#ThursdayThoughts
#189"It's like a broken machine. Thoughts go in your head, get stuck and keep going around and around."
—Megan Flynn (via The Mighty)
Thought--->anxiety--->compulsion--->thought--->anxiety--->somatic symptoms--->thoughts about somatic symptoms--->more anxiety--->more thoughts--->more compulsions--->thoughts about previous thoughts--->trigger--->anxiety--->avoidance--->even more thoughts--->unexplainable terrible feelings--->thoughts about terrible feelings...
(repeat every minute, accompanied by depression)
broken machine OCD thoughts quote2017/12/13#AwarenessWednesday #OCD
#188"To that one soul reading this, I know you're tired. You're fed up. You're so close to breaking but there's strength within you even when you feel weak. Keep fighting."
—Unknown (via Simple Reminders)
When all seems lost, we discover our strength.keep fighting2017/12/12
#187"The quieter you become, the more you can hear."
the quieter you become the more you can hear2017/12/11#MindfulMonday
#186"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong."
Sorry for my exceptionally long hiatus from posting the Quote of the Day. I have been overwhelmed and discouraged with the progress of my recovery (or lack thereof) and the condition of my life recently. The pain caused by habitually finding ways around feeling the discomfort of resisting compulsions and the uncertainty of living life has become a greater torture than the anticipated discomfort and uncertainty itself. And so it is time to let go; it is time to break out; it is time for change.stuck somewhere you don't belong quote ocd recovery2017/12/07#I2Oimage
#185"There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion."
—Vladimir Nabokov
Any truth condensed into a quotation is only as good as one's ability to practice it. Understanding the theory is essential, but putting what you know into practice is where the hard work begins.aphorisms and airplanes2017/11/16#I2Oimage
#184"One of our greatest tests is to see if we are able to bless someone else while we are going through our own storm."
bless someone during our storm2017/11/10#FaithFriday
#183"One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up, instead of what they have to gain."
The paradox is that we must give up the false "comfort" of the status quo—habitually giving in to the compulsive urges—in order to experience the true comfort of taking control back from OCD (which also paradoxically requires giving up control over many things). This will feel painful and strange at first, but not nearly as painful as as the consequences of OCD controlling your life.focus on what you have to gain quote2017/11/09#ThursdayThoughts
#182"I owe no explanations for my flaws. I don’t have to justify my mistakes, my past, or my insecurities. I am growing and learning. Let me live."
You don't owe anyone an explanation for your suffering or justification for not winning the battle sometimes. You don't have to explain the unexplainable to people who are not even willing to understand or stand trial before voices who won't even listen. Not anybody, not even your own critical self. Each person has their own unique journey in life, so don't let your self-worth become defined by the expectations of others. Your life is yours to live alone.let me live quote2017/11/08#AwarenessWednesday
#181"There is no growth when there is no change."
—Inspiration to Overcome
Every change in season is an opportunity to grow. no growth no change mental health quote2017/11/07#I2Oimage
#180"You are overthinking it."
Just a friendly reminder: If you're causing yourself more trouble thinking about it than you would by actually doing it, it's probably the right time to move forward.overthinking quote2017/10/30#MindfulMonday
#179"We ignore seeing the truth for temporary happiness."
Is there something you know is true but won't embrace because you're afraid of the pain it will cause? This is the everyday experience of a person with OCD. We know what is true and right, and that the compulsions make no sense, but it just doesn't feel and seem that way. Instead, we choose temporary comfort over what feels like death and destruction. The problem is, the comfort is just that—temporary. It will be here one moment, then gone the next, leaving us feeling worse than before. We can only ever find real, lasting comfort in one thing: living out the truthwe ignore seeing the truth for temporary happiness2017/10/26#ThursdayThoughts
#178"Be strong from the inside out. Small right actions are the way to change discomfort."
—Michelle Maros
Remember, feeling right and being right are two separate qualities, and often they are directly opposed to each other. Whenever you are experiencing a thought or emotion that is telling you to do one thing, try pausing first to notice what is happening: Is this really the right thing to do? Is the thought true or important? Does this make me happy or serve me in any logical way? If the answer is yes, then do it. But if the answer is no, your best response is to accept the discomfort and do the next thing that really is right. And for those things you just cannot accept, you will only change them by doing the next small, right thing at a time.small right actions are the way to change discomfort2017/10/24
#177"You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles."
—C. JoyBell C.
let things go they are heavy c joybell c2017/10/16#MindfulMonday
#176"With knowledge comes power, but uncertainty brings the wisdom of humility."
—Inspiration to Overcome
Sometimes our true power is not in knowing, but rather in trusting the knowledge of someone greater.wisdom of humility uncertainty quote2017/10/13#ThursdayThoughts for #FaithFriday
#I2Oquote #I2Oimage
#175"You are going to suffer any way. Either from engaging in the endless compulsions or from the anxiety that rises when you quit the compulsions. You might as well choose the option that gives you a chance on recovery."
—Whole Thoughts on OCD
There comes a time when you must ask yourself this question: Which is worse, the harm that might result from uncertainty or the the harm my OCD is already causing in my life today?suffering from either compulsions or anxiety OCD recovery2017/10/10#OCDweek
#174"I CAN overcome; I WILL overcome; I HAVE overcome, so long as I know why."
—Inspiration to Overcome
Find your why.I CAN I WILL I HAVE overcome so long as I know why purpose faith and determination quote2017/10/09#MindfulMonday
#I2Oquote #I2Oimage
#173"The key to overcoming OCD is being persistent in your commitment to feeling uncertain."
—Inspiration to Overcome
Dear Self: The only way out when you are stuck in an endless cycle of fear and hopelessness is to take a leap of faith. Do the things you believe you cannot do and experience the feelings and situations you believe will harm you. Take a chance and make a change, for you have nothing left to lose. Live to see what happens if you face one thing, then another thing, and persistently commit to embracing uncertainty one moment at a time. Prove to yourself that your thoughts and feelings can’t harm you, and don’t give up when it starts to feel wrong or something gets in the way. If you HAVE done it once, you CAN and WILL do it again.The key to overcoming OCD is being persistent in your commitment to being uncertain.2017/10/08#OCDweek
#I2Oquote #I2Oimage
#172"You can't change what's going on around you until you start changing what's going on with you."
And even then, there are many things beyond our control which must be let go. But many of the problems we see around us would be a lot easier to handle if we worked to overcome our own problems first.

Commentary #revised for #repost on 2018/09/19:
Often we find our own struggles to be so insurmountable that it seems easier to try fixing other people's problems first. But the saying is true: you can't draw water from an empty well. The key word in today's quotation is "start." You don't have to be perfect to help people or create positive change in the world, but the change has to start with you. Focus on your own wellness first, and all else will flow from it.
"You can't change what's going on around you until you start changing what's going on with you." —Unknown2017/10/03
#171"Is what I am doing right now moving me closer to the kind of life I want to live?"
—Inspiration to Overcome
Is what I am doing right now getting me closer reframe reflect2017/09/28#ThursdayThoughts #I2Oquote #I2Oimage
#170"Just because I can't explain the feelings causing my anxiety doesn't make them less valid."
—Lauren Elizabeth
Understand that sometimes there are no words for what we are feeling. Sometimes it is just too burdensome to explain, sometimes we are not even sure ourselves. Just know that what we feel hurts, and that those feelings are real.feelings not less valid2017/09/27#AwarenessWednesday
#169"Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?"
—Mary Manin Morrissey
In case you were not already aware, I choose most of the quotes I write about based on what speaks to me in my moments of suffering. Even when I write as if I am speaking to someone, often times the person who needs to hear it the most is me. I have trouble taking my own advice, and right now the advice I need is to let go of my constant struggle for control and certainty: of my thoughts, of my painful emotions, of the fallen world, of trying to make things right by imagining scenarios, doing compulsions, avoiding life, and reviewing the past. One moment at a time, I will strive to let go and have faith amidst the darkness.learn how to let go release hurt fear pain2017/09/26
#168"Friendly reminder your intrusive thoughts don't make you a bad person."
On the contrary, learning how to let go of frightening thoughts makes you a stronger, better person.intrusive thoughts don't make you a bad person2017/09/23
#167"God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time. Enjoying one moment at a time. Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. Taking this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will. So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen."
—Serenity Prayer & Unknown
Because our lives in this world will never be perfect, but our lives in heaven always will be.Serenity Prayer plaque with added lines2017/09/22#FaithFriday
#166"Wait patiently with your feelings, and they will leave you alone. Wait patiently with a person, and they will stay."
—Inspiration to Overcome
When your first instinct is to control, confront, or run away, try instead to accept and wait.wait patiently with feelings and people2017/09/21#ThursdayThoughts #I2Oquote #I2Oimage
#165"I don't mind the sadness; what I can't stand is the lack of motivation, lack of energy, and the inability to enjoy things the way I used to."
Depression is much more than just sadness. One of the worst feelings is the dense mental fog of fatigue and discouragement surrounding every attempt you make to do something fulfilling.lack of motivation, energy, and enjoyment2017/09/20#AwarenessWednesday
#164"Stay. Find what you were made for."
—To Write Love on Her Arms' 2017 #suicideprevention campaign motto
#IWasMadeFor purposes greater than myself, greater than this world, greater than anyone could ever imagine. To love, to give, to enjoy, to experience, and to help others do the same.stay find what you were made for2017/09/16#suicideprevention #WSPD17
#163"Don't burn your opportunities for a temporary comfort."
Every time you experience an uncomfortable thought or feeling—that is another rung on your ladder. Don't burn them because you want to stay warm. Climb them so you can be free.don't burn your opportunities for a temporary comfort person burning escape ladder rungs to stay warm2017/09/14#ThursdayThoughts
#162"Sometimes we need someone to simply be there. Not to fix anything, or to do anything in particular, but just to let us feel that we are cared for and supported."
At many times during your struggle with any sort of illness you will encounter people who think they know something you don't about how to manage it. People might try to give you "advice" and "support" for many reasons: they might feel obligated (i.e., parent or spouse), they might be arrogant and judgmental, they might feel sorry for you and want to help, or they could just be experiencing cognitive dissonance between their beliefs, life experiences, and social norms and what they make of you and your experiences. When the latter occurs, it is often labeled as ignorance, or ableism (a form of prejudice) as it relates to illness and disability. This situation can be made even more difficult if you struggle with confronting people or explaining your feelings to them. As a result, you might feel like your struggles don't matter or aren't real (invalidated), you might be feel insecure and out of place somewhere you should feel at home, or you could feel hurt and rejected by people whom you love the most. The best kind of support that can be given to someone with an illness or disability is to let them know that their feelings matter and that you will stand behind them 100%. Let people know that what you need is not for them to try and change you, but rather accept you for the person that you are, and remain hopeful of the person you are fighting to become.someone to simply be there2017/09/13#AwarenessWednesday
#161"Learn how to enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going."
—Joyce Meyer
The most important part of your journey is always right now. The destination may be far off, and the road may be painful, but you can still try to appreciate the good in every moment along the way.enjoy where you are joyce meyer2017/09/12
#160"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."
—Jon Kabat-Zinn in "Wherever You Go, There You Are"
There is really no right or wrong way to practice mindfulness, as long as those three criteria are met. Whether it is sitting and noticing your breathing, grounding, guided meditation, or just mindfully noticing things for a time or practicing it throughout the day, do whatever works best for you. (Maybe you can try being mindful of the uncertainty you have about how to properly be mindful, like me.)mindfulness means paying attention quote Jon Kabat-Zinn2017/09/11#MindfulMonday
#159"You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved."
mountain can be moved2017/09/09
#158"God didn't give you the strength to get back on your feet so you could run back to the same thing that knocked you down."
No, he didn't. He gave you that strength so that you could turn around and run to Him.God didn't give you strength so you could go back2017/09/08#FaithFriday
#157"When I hear somebody say, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'"
—Sydney J. Harris
It can be hard sometimes, but there's nothing better than life.life is hard, compared to what?2017/08/31#ThursdayThoughts
#156"Please don't judge people. You don't know what it took someone to get out of bed, look and feel as presentable as possible and face the day. You never truly know the daily struggles of others."
—Karen Salmansohn
Outward appearance often does not reflect inner turmoil. Some people have become experts at hiding the pain, while others may feel mentally exasperated, fatigued, or numb without showing a thing. Our emotional distress might seem to others at times like apathy, anger, frustration, disrespect, hatred, entitlement, selfishness, desire for control, or even happiness—but that is only the tip of the iceberg; in reality there is something entirely different going on beneath the surface. So, please don't judge people struggling with a mental illness, or anyone, for that matter. You never know how they might be hurting.please don't judge people daily struggles mental illness2017/08/30#AwarenessWednesday
#155"Out of your vulnerabilities will come strength."
—Sigmund Freud
It's okay to be open up and be vulnerable sometimes. Why? It's the only way you can help people to empathize with you, develop relationships, and get help from a treatment professional. It is an act of courage to show your weaknesses to others, and each time we do we gain strength and self-confidence.out of your vulnerabilities will come strength freud2017/08/28
#154"If you're waiting for a sign, this is it."
—God (for real, maybe?)
If you have been waiting for the "perfect moment" to take a difficult step forward, an "unmistakable sign" that things are going to get better, or a sign that it's time to cease striving for "just right" perfection and move on, this is it. Now is your time; anytime is your time.if you're waiting for a sign, this is it hope move forward2017/08/27#I2Oimage
#153"You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine."
What percentage of your time and energy is spent on doing the same things every single day? Chances are it is more than 50%; we are creatures of habit, after all. Sometimes our habits do not provide us with enough satisfaction and productivity to make them worthwhile, but we continue to do them because they are familiar to us and come more naturally than change. Many, like avoidance, are maladaptive coping strategies that seem to work in the moment, but only push us further and further away from achieving our goals and overcoming our fears. Changing our deeply ingrained habits can feel like trying to run up a mountain, but it can be done if we break down our routines and goals into small, manageable pieces and focus on tackling one at a time. By consistently replacing our unhealthy habits with healthy ones, we will slowly begin to change our lives.change your daily routine2017/08/26
#152"Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's needs."
—Frederick Buechner
And that place does exist; everyone has a purpose. It may be hidden at the moment, but you will find the right place if you are determined to keep searching.purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's needs2017/08/02
#151"Have the courage to make the change, the strength to get through it, and faith that everything will turn out for the best."
—Unknown, var. Serenity Prayer
The three requirements for change: courage, strength/endurance, and faith.courage strength faith serenity prayer2017/08/01
#150"Even though bad things will happen, we can still live."
—To Write Love On Her Arms.
And live life joyfully.even though bad things will happen, we can still live2017/07/31
#149"I have reached a point of no return. I will not put up with negativity from others in any shape or form. I cannot handle people bashing what they disagree with or hate. My empathetic nature and deep-seated anxiety absorbs the emotions around me—be they good or bad . . . and I can no longer handle anything that darkens my spirit. If it's on the radio or TV, it gets turned off. If it's on the Internet, I scroll past. If it's out of a human's mouth, I distance myself. I choose to promote what I love. To absorb love. To become love . . . and thereby project love."
It may be a dark world, but we don't have to let that darkness inside. Sometimes it is more helpful to focus on expelling our own inner darkness before trying to handle that which comes from outside.point of no return project love2017/07/30
#148"By becoming this, all I want to do is be more like me and be less like you."
—Linkin Park, "Numb"
(Verse 1)
I'm tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless, lost under the surface
I don't know what you're expecting of me
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes
Caught in the undertow, just caught in the undertow
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
Caught in the undertow, just caught in the undertow
I've become so numb, I can't feel you there
Become so tired, so much more aware
By becoming this all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you
(Verse 2)
Can't you see that you're smothering me?
Holding too tightly, afraid to lose control
'Cause everything that you thought I would be
Has fallen apart right in front of you
Caught in the undertow, just caught in the undertow
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
Caught in the undertow, just caught in the undertow
And every second I waste is more than I can take!
And I know I may end up failing too
But I know you were just like me with someone disappointed in you
I've become so numb, I can't feel you there
I'm tired of being what you want me to be
I've become so numb, I can't feel you there
I'm tired of being what you want me to be
more like me less like you numb linkin park2017/07/29#I2Oimage
#147"Your dream doesn't have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again."
—K.T. Witten
After letting the time and energy to work on Inspiration to Overcome be consumed by other things these past three weeks, I hope to get back to posting more frequently again starting today. Even when things don't go as planned (which is honestly most of the time), I must keep going and start again.your dreams don't expire try again2017/07/14
#146"People will meet you in your honesty. First you have to invite them in."
—To Write Love On Her Arms
Some people will knock, but they can't come in unless you open the door.people will meet you in your honesty; first you have to invite them in2017/06/23
#145"Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different: enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won't).
—James Baraz
It's experiencing the present moment as it is, then letting it pass without undue judgement or rumination. It is not something that is easy to do, but rather a skill that must be learned through practice in conjunction with CBT.mindfulness is simply being aware of the pleasant and the unpleasant2017/06/22
#144"Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting. Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but just how it's meant to be."
When it all just seems like too much, sometimes your only hope is to let it all go.have faith things will work out how it's meant to be2017/06/17
#143"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome."
—Maya Angelou
Every defeat is a learning experience, not a defining life event. Our setbacks and failures only give us an indication of what we are doing wrong, and an opportunity to grow in the endurance we will need to face the next obstacle.difficulties strengthen your ability to overcome maya angelou2017/06/16
#142"The willingness to consider possibility requires a tolerance of uncertainty."
—Rachel Naomi Remen
The best thing about not knowing is that all possibilities are still on the table. Try to focus on the ones that help you move forward, and let the ones that hold you back linger in the background.possibility requires tolerance of uncertainty2017/06/15
#141"Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy."
—Robert Tew
It could be the most difficult thing you've ever done, but it will be worth it.respect yourself enough to walk away robert tew2017/06/09
#140"It is never too late. It is only too late when we never even gave it a chance."
The point at which you are able to gather the courage to fight back is insignificant compared to the fact that you made the decision. Even when it feels like you've been stuck forever, and things just keep getting harder, it is never too late for change.it is never to late give it a chance2017/06/08
#139"I can't tell if it's killing me or it's making me stronger."
The difference is endurance. Once you learn to feel, you shall endure, and once you endure, you shall overcome.I can't tell if it's killing me or making me stronger2017/06/07
#138"You are important. You are loved. The world would not be better off without you. Life can feel hard, but you can get through it. Because things change. They get better. Because you matter, and we need you. Please, please don't ever give up."
A reminder for all those struggling right now: this too shall pass.don't ever give up quote2017/06/06
#137"The greatest tragedy in life is to believe yourself a failure if you do not follow the path that society demands you march."
—Daniel Walsh
Failing to meet the expectations of other people or conform to the standards of "normal" living does not translate into meaning you have failed. Neither is it helpful to believe that someone else or society at large has failed you. You cannot always change the way people see you, but you can always change the way you view yourself. Forge your own path in life and others will follow their own.follow your own path2017/06/05
#136"To be at peace, we need not to be certain, but only to have faith in the uncertain."
—Inspiration to Overcome
peace faith in the uncertain quote2017/06/03#I2Oimage #I2Oquote
#135"You will not win the fight against uncertainty by becoming certain. You will not find your stability by trying to make the unstable, stable. Instead your certainty and stability will come as the result of decidedly embracing uncertainty."
—Teal Swan
They say that ignorance is bliss. Well, when it comes to letting go of your exhaustive struggle to seek the comfort, security, and certainty which your OCD demands, it certainly is.
**Tomorrow's Quote: "To be at peace, we need not to be certain, but only to have faith in the uncertain." —IOC*
uncertainty stability quote2017/06/02
#134"The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head."
—Terry Pratchett
Sometimes the worst deception comes from within. To find truth, we must look beyond ourselves: beyond the realm of our thoughts and our feelings. I believe that truth is always there, hiding in plain sight. It's just a matter of having the faith and determination to follow it where it leads, down the uncertain and painful road to peace.the truth is out there, the lies are inside your head mental illness quote2017/05/31
#133"I know I'm good for something, I just haven't found it yet."
Someday, someday soon.I know I'm good for something, I just haven't found it yet2017/05/30
#132"You are already courageous; you are already brave. You've got to stop pretending that you are not afraid; you've got to stop feeling ashamed that you are afraid. Fear is the beginning of courage and bravery. You have got to sit with it . . . listen to it . . . talk to it . . . be with it, then you've got to look it square in the eye and say, 'Thank you for your opinion, but I am going to do this difficult, uncomfortable thing anyway.' That is courage; that is bravery."
—Melody Ross
Courage and bravery are nothing more than the ability to tolerate an uncomfortable feeling, and the judgement that something else is more important than that feeling.courage and bravery are challenging fear quote2017/05/29
#131"For the present is the point at which time touches eternity."
—C. S. Lewis
Now is everything.living in the present moment quote2017/05/27
#130"Maybe I can't stop the downpour, but I will always join you for a walk in the rain."
Rain, rain, you're OK; we'll keep living anyway.can't stop the downpour walk in the rain2017/05/26
#129"Comparisons make you feel superior or inferior; neither serve a useful purpose."
—Jane Travis
It's okay to be who you are, and where you are, right now. Your path is unique, and what others are doing right now doesn't matter. You are enough.comparisons make you feel superior or inferior thought distortion quote2017/05/25
#128"Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation."
—Brian Tracy
Every struggle that we face and overcome is preparation for better things in the future.give thanks moving toward better situation quote brian tracy2017/05/23
#127"Yes, I overthink, but I also over-love . . ."
I do.overthink over-love quote2017/05/22#awareness
#126"Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."
In the midst of chaos, I find peace in knowing there is something eternal to hold onto, a reason to endure and experience the storm.peace means to experience noise and be calm in your heart2017/05/21
#125"Bloom where you're planted."
My Mothers' Day gift to my mom. We have to grow in the soil we're given.bloom where you're planted thriving in adversity quote garden stone2017/05/14#I2Oimage
#124"Although I cannot change the world, I can find peace by changing myself."
—Inspiration to Overcome
There are many facts about life that we, despite our efforts and our ambitions, will never be able to change. There will always be illness; there will always be pain. There will be disagreements, arguments, fights, and wars; contempt, evil, injustice, and ignorance. It is only once we cease striving for perfection in this world that we can begin to experience real change, the kind of change that leads to inner peace and self-contentment. That kind of change starts not with others, nor with our circumstances, but rather with our own responses and actions.I can find peace by changing myself2017/05/20#I2Oimage #I2Oquote
#123"The prettiest smiles hide the deepest secrets; the brightest eyes have cried the most tears; the kindest hearts have felt the most pain."
Sometimes our best qualities shine brightest through pain.pretty smiles hide deep secrets quote2017/05/10
#122"Ignoring things won't make them go away. It only makes it harder to face them when they finally come around."
—A. Meredith Walters
There are a lot of things I wish I could ignore or avoid: getting up in the morning, getting ready, doing work, facing triggers, getting exercise, encountering problems, or basically doing any task that, on account of hyperawareness OCD, expends large quantities of mental energy and produces copious amounts of anxiety. Whenever I do avoid these things, I do it because I perceive the amount of energy it requires (and anxiety it produces) to be greater than the amount I can handle. Postponing things until later (or not doing them at all) seems like the easiest way to make them go away. Aside from the emotional justification and lack of faith in my own abilities, this perspective is distorted because, in reality, ignoring things only makes them push back on you harder. The anxiety will continue to build and build, until eventually it collapses in on you. All you will be left with is wasted time, missed opportunities, and an overwhelming sense of defeat. Don't let your illness deprive you of things that could make your life meaningful just because they might be difficult; they will only become more difficult with time. And if they feel like too much, remember that they usually aren't, because you are capable of more than you know.ignoring things makes them harder to face later on avoidance quote2017/05/06
#121"If you want to find your purpose in life, find your wound."
—Rick Warren
Sometimes our purpose can be found standing on the other side of a dark chasm of pain and fear, at the end of a long, narrow, rickety bridge shrouded in a cloud of uncertainty and doubt. Other times our purpose might simply be getting there.find your wound purpose quote rick warren2017/05/05
#120"Be strong. You never know who you're inspiring."
I will.Be strong. You never know who you are inspiring.2017/05/03
#119"I’m learning to accept things at face value. Not because I think they are worth that much, but because I can’t control their prices."
—Inspiration to Overcome
We cannot control the way things (like our thoughts) make us feel, but we don't have to believe or agree with them either. Take them as they come, then let them go.accept things at face value2017/05/02#I2Oimage #I2Oquote
#118"Can you endure your uncertainty until it shows you another way?"
—Mark Nepo
And there IS another way. It it by no means easy or painless, but if you are able to gather the courage to endure it for long enough, your uncertainty will show you the truth. Truth is not found in the certainty of understanding, control, or rituals, but rather in the uncertainty of freedom and faith.can you endure your uncertainty quote mark nepo2017/04/30
#117"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."
—Albert Einstein
Wisdom comes from experience, and not all experiences are pleasant and trouble-free. Sometimes the most important things can only be learned through adversity.I stay with problems longer quote Albert Einstein2017/04/29
#116"Failure keeps you humble, success keeps you glowing, but only faith and determination keep you going."
It is by faith that you can succeed and by determination that you choose not to concede.faith and determination keep you going2017/04/25
#115"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip-toe if you must, but take the step."
If you feel like you're stuck and can't do anything to change the situation that you are in, even the smallest bit of progress is a huge accomplishment. The tiniest step forward might not seem like anything now, but if you look back on it later, you could see that it was the first step in the greatest change of your life.small step in the right direction quote2017/04/24
#114"You have to find something. Something that anchors you; something that keeps you looking forward."
I think this quote can be interpreted in several different ways. If you have depression, it could mean finding something to motivate and empower you to get out of bed today. If you live with an anxiety disorder, it could be grounding yourself in your surroundings or looking just ahead to the very next step. For someone who feels like giving in or giving up, or like all of the sorrow, hatred, wickedness, and trouble in the world is just too much, it could be a reason to keep feeling, doing, trying, fighting, and living. And for everyone, it is the thing that gets them through to the next day. What is your "something"?purpose direction quote2017/04/18
#113"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity."
—Albert Schweitzer
Challenge yourself by doing something difficult or anxiety-provoking today. The more obstacles you overcome, the stronger you become. You don't have to start out feeling confident or strong to take a step forward; that will come later. The first step to overcoming adversity is always a determined leap of faith.adversity strength quote2017/04/14
#112"One must have great faith, great doubt, and great determination."
—Senora Roy
It's not always the absence of doubt or apprehension that motivates people. Often it is by realizing that those feelings may always be there, but choosing to embrace faith instead and finding a reason to make it happen.faith doubt determination quote2017/04/13
#111"Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position, but certainty is an absurd one."
Philosophically speaking, there is nothing that can be known for certain. Our convictions and beliefs are not based on any one definite reality, but rather our limited understanding of the evidence we are presented with over the course of our lives. In the face of great doubt and great fear, we don't need to be certain that what we are doing is best or will not cause harm or trouble. Upon rationally considering the evidence, it simply isn't possible to say that something is 100% certain to be true or that a fear that something bad will happen is 100% false. We can only make a decision, in a leap of great faith, to embrace the uncertainty and commit to doing or believing in something anyway. Remember: it's not about knowing for sure that things will go right, it's about being unsure yet still determined to try something anyway.uncertainty quote anxiety ocd2017/04/12
#110"Just breathe in, breathe out, and remember that moving forward means taking it one step at a time."
(See #109)moving forward one step at a time2017/04/10
#109"When you finally accept that it's okay not to have answers and it's okay not to be perfect, you realize that being confused is a normal part of what it is to be a human being."
—Winona Ryder
The past few days, weeks, months, and years have been undeniably, excruciatingly difficult for me. I have been grappling with debilitating mental fatigue, physical frailness, cognitive incompetence (or at least that's how it feels) and lack of motivation and strength, and often it feels like things are only getting worse. Once again I don't completely understand why I continue to experience these things, and it pains me to not have the answer. Yet, I am beginning to realize that I can experience things without understanding them completely, not just in theory, but in practice. I can find my way through this by accepting what comes, giving myself reason to keep moving forward, and focusing on one step at a time.imperfection uncertainty quote anxiety2017/04/10
#108"The strongest people make time to help others, even if they are struggling with their own problems."
I'm trying...strong people help others even when they are struggling2017/03/05
#107"Feel it. The thing you don't want to feel. Feel it and be free."
—Nayirah Waheed
You will only be a slave to fear for as long as you refuse to feel it. You may not be able to control what makes you afraid, but you can choose whether or not to let it control you. The single greatest act of courage is to just feel. It is the the most difficult thing you will ever have to do, but the only way to freedom from irrational fear and uncertainty is to simply experience what scares you and let the feelings pass. One exposure and one moment at a time, you will get there.feel it and be free quote for anxiety avoidance2017/03/04
#106"Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere."
—English Proverb
worrying doesn't get you anywhere proverb2017/02/26
#105"It's a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. These emotions are poison to any living goal."
—Steve Maraboli
It can be challenging to adhere to your goals and make logical choices when your mind is clouded with fatigue, depression, anxiety, obsessions, or intrusive thoughts. However, it becomes far more difficult when you spend all of your time and energy trying to figure out things you don't understand and solve all of your problems at once. When you can find clarity in neither your head nor the path ahead of you, it is easy to become flustered and allow that chaos to slowly consume you and any hopes you may have had for the future. This is something with which I have been struggling a lot recently, but in some ways has persisted for many years. These emotions truly are "poison to any living goal," as they have been to my recovery. Yet, in my experience I am continuing to learn that there is a way to overcome overwhelming feelings and physical sensations—and it isn't by ruminating and obsessively trying to remove or neutralize them. It is by accepting them as they are and doing what you can, in the moment, one step at a time, to move forward. It is by learning to tolerate the distress and uncertainty these feelings create and by finding purpose and direction in the midst of the storm. Remember that you are not doomed to feel terrible for the rest of your life; OCD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, and schizophrenia are all extremely treatable. Even if you have a disorder that isn't treatable, or treatment isn't working for you, you can still find peace in acceptance and purpose in Christ, if you so believe. Clarity might seem elusive right now, but triumph over your struggles is not. I believe that I can overcome, and I know you can too.lack of clarity creates frustration steve maraboli quote2017/02/25
#104"Dear life: there is OCD . . . then there is ME."
There is a distinction, even when it feels like there isn't. OCD is a major part of who I am, but it doesn't define me. I am greater than my obsessions and compulsions and more meaningful than my shortcomings and struggles. I can, I will, and I have overcome OCD, myself and every other person who lives with it.ocd vs me inspirational quote2017/02/22
#103"It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain one’s balance."
—Albert Einstein (most accurate English translation)
Ruminating on the past and over-analyzing the present (or future) situation will keep you stuck where you are and cause your future to pass you by. The only way to be successful in life with or without an anxiety disorder is by constantly accepting and moving forward.life is like riding a bicycle keep moving quote2017/02/21
#102"The voice in your head that says you can't do it is a liar."
That voice doesn't come from you, it comes from your illness.the voice in your head that says you can't do it is a liar2017/02/20
#101"Feelings are feelings, not facts. Thoughts are thoughts, not threats. Sensations are sensations, not mandates to act."
—The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD
OCD is fundamentally a disorder in which your mind constantly assigns value to things that are inherently meaningless. Whether those are external stimuli (triggers) or internal processes, OCD causes you to interpret them as imminent threats as opposed to irrelevant, uncontrollable occurrences. When your mind cannot bring closure to the ensuing fear and uncertainty, you feel like you have to engage in compulsive behaviors or thoughts in order to neutralize the anxiety. In actuality, we cannot control the way we feel about things that happen inside or outside of our body any more than we can control the presence of the wind; light or strong, it just passes over us and changes direction as it pleases. Feelings often trigger thoughts, and thoughts in turn can trigger more feelings, but thoughts too are just automatic brain processes created by years of being conditioned to think that way. Thus, the best way to deal with them is simply to accept them as they are and let them pass. Thoughts won't do anything on their own unless you choose to think about them more; in fact, allowing them to simply exist without assigning value will eventually cause them to decrease due to a lack of reinforcement. The same is true of feelings and psychosomatic sensations: if you choose to let them pass, they will start to bother you less and less.feelings are not facts thoughts are not threats2017/02/19#I2Oimage
#100"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage."
Life can be many things, but easy is not one of them. The human condition is abound with uncertainty and fear, sadness and loss, death and destruction. For someone with an anxiety or mood disorder, these might seem like inescapable, undeniable reasons for which life is just not worth living. But beyond all of the chaos, there are good times and wonders, love and happiness, purpose and meaning. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to walk through the haze of negativity in your life in the hope that there are better things out there in the distance. But there are, and it is possible to get there. I can continue living my life in spite of my fear of the unknown, and so can you.living with mental illness is an act of courage2017/02/11
#99"A little progress each day adds up to big results."
One small step at a time, or even two steps forward and one step back, is always better than not taking a step forward at all. Don't overwhelm yourself by ruminating on all of the things you have yet to overcome. You cannot overcome them all at once. Just start with one small goal and the rest will fall into place. You will get there in time.little progress big results2017/02/10
#98"Understanding the challenges you face with your illness, and then planning a life despite them, may be one of the healthiest decisions you ever make."
I am not going to tell you that if you try hard enough, all of your problems will go away. It simply isn't possible to live a problem-free life; mental illness will never "go away." Instead, you must first acknowledge the fact that you have a mental illness. There many things you can do to work toward "overcoming" that illness, but you will never be "cured." You have to be able to accept that there will always be things that scare you, things you feel like you can't do, and things that you can't control. Then, you have to decide to live your life in spite of these things. Overcoming mental illness is not about finding perfection, but rather finding acceptance. However, that doesn't mean you can't make progress. Your illness might be a part of who you are, but it doesn't define you. Once you understand what you are up against, you can take steps forward to improve the things you can change, and then accept the things you can't. It might not be possible to remove mental illness from your life, but it is possible to live a meaningful life with a mental illness.live your life despite the challenges2017/02/04
#97"Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.
—Rikki Rogers
True strength has nothing to do with BEING strong, it's all about BECOMING strong. Whenever you have the opportunity to go one step further than you think you can—that is an opportunity to gain strength. Therefore, every obstacle we overcome, every fear we face, and every tiny accomplishment we make is a sign of strength.strength comes from overcoming2017/01/26
#96"Remember that time you thought you couldn't do it . . . and then you did? Do that again."
The evidence that proves you can do something you don't think you can do is the fact that you already have.do that again2017/01/25
#95"Love is so powerful that it always wins. Truth is so powerful that it always wins. All it takes is time."
—Cat Bauer
In this day, we are constantly bombarded with conflicting information from many different sources. For someone with a mental illness, that often includes their own mind. Truth, however, is elusive, and not as easy to believe and follow as the lies of your depression, the rules of your OCD, the hysteria of the media, or the words of aspiring dictators. Yet it can be found; it can be found where there is love. Love and truth go hand in hand, and if you subscribe to such beliefs, love and truth can only be found in God. Regardless, two things are for certain: truth CAN be found, and it will always win if you commit to following it.
--Mental illness will not win. Truth trumps mental illness, and love trumps all.--
love and truth will always win in time2017/01/23
#94"Accept what you cannot change; change what you cannot accept."
Sometimes the best response isn’t the active one. Be proactive in guarding your thought patterns and actions, but let feelings and intrusive thoughts pass. In the face of uncertainty and fear, the best response is always to accept and let go. It may be easier to react, but it is by reacting that you give these feelings power. If you can’t accept something, the next best thing is to challenge it. Does it make sense? Does it really impact you? If it does, then do something to change it. And if you can’t do anything to change it, then you must accept it.accept vs change2017/01/22
#93"Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow."
—Carrie Fisher
This is my first post in a while. I was very busy over the holidays with some projects I have been unable to finish for three years—until now. Each time you accomplish something meaningful or achieve a goal, no matter how small, you improve your self-esteem and rebuke your fears and doubts. Confidence in your abilities is built upon action, and with mental illness, that action is doing something you are not sure you can do. You will always feel afraid and incapable until you have actually done it.stay afraid but do it anyway carrie fisher2017/01/15
#92"Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life."
—Thich Nhat Hanh
No amount of reviewing the past can bring you peace in the present; neither will worrying about the future add time or value to your life. Uncertainty surrounding things both done and undone need not override your present reality. Overthinking or doing compulsions now will not make things right or alleviate your feelings of discontent in the future. Don't let your desire to control and perfect everything interfere with your ability to experience life in the present moment.living in the present moment with ocd2016/12/29
#91"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations."
But only if you are persistent and courageous in your approach to traveling them.difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations2016/12/20
#90"Never quit. If you stumble get back up. What happened yesterday no longer matters. Today's another day, so get back on track and move closer to your dreams and goals. You can do it."
Remember this when you feel like you've failed...never quit2016/12/18
#89"If you aren't willing to take a step forward, you move three steps back by default."
—Inspiration to Overcome
Each and every time you let fear overrule your desire to do what you know is right, you give it increasingly more power to influence your next decision. Whenever you are afraid to take another step forward in treatment, remember that there is no such thing as "standing still" when it comes to anxiety disorders. As difficult as it is, you must find the courage to keep moving forward or your disorder will claw its way back into your life. Be willing to take a chance, make yourself uncomfortable, and see what happens next.if you don't step forward, you will fall back2016/12/17#I2Oimage #I2Oquote
#88"Fear is courage holding on a minute longer."
—George S. Patton
Hmm...fear is courage holding on longer2016/12/16
#87"Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you've got a big heart and aren't afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength."
—Brigitte Nicole
You never have to be afraid to feel.showing emotions is a sign of strength2016/12/15
#86"Determination is doing what needs to be done even when you don't feel like doing it."
You don't overcome OCD, anxiety, or depression by doing things when you feel good. Treatment doesn't depend on what you feel you are able to do. The single most valuable skill to be learned in treatment, in my opinion, is the ability to feel terrible things—anxiety, fear, sadness, tiredness, grief, hopelessness, and futility—and still do what needs to be done in spite of them. Although you do have limitations, they are probably much higher than you perceive them to be. Be determined to do what you know will make you feel better in the long term, and use positive coping strategies and self-care to help in the short term.determination is doing what needs to be done when you don't feel like doing it2016/12/14
#85"Just because you think you're worthless doesn't make it true."
No, it means your thoughts are distorted; your illness is preventing you from seeing the good in yourself. It means you're struggling and can't see through the fog to realize that you are loved and cared for. It means you assume your current condition will never change and you can't see the meaningful things awaiting you in the future. You are not worthless; no one is worthless. What IS worthless is to doubt your own worth.you are not worthless2016/12/13
#84"Defy the voice that tells you that it won't get better."
Don't believe the lies your illness is feeding you. That voice of hopelessness and catastrophic thinking leads ever further away from your goals. Focus on what you need to do and prove that voice wrong.defy the voice that tells you it won't get better2016/12/12
#83"Just because you're taking longer than others does not mean you're a failure. Keep going."
—Simple Reminders
Your path in life is unique.taking longer does not make you a failure2016/12/06
#82"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."
—Nido Qubein
Don't confuse your present reality with your full potential. Where you can go is a matter of having the right attitude, the right approach, and the determination to get there.where you start2016/12/05
#81"When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal."
If you feel like you're not making enough progress, it might be time to make some changes to your plans.sound plans2016/12/03
#80"Nothing terrifies me as much as staying precisely the same. This cannot be as far as I get to go, there is so much more to become."
—Tyler Knott Gregson
In every moment you have to decide what scares you more: moving forward and facing your fears, or staying stuck in the same place letting them consume you for the rest of your life. OCD has an ironic way of completely destroying you in an attempt to prevent things from going wrong. The question is: what do you think is "wrong"?not staying the same2016/12/02
#79"Faith is not something you just have. It is something you constantly have to work toward. Faith is not a feeling; it's a decision you have to make every day."
—Al Carraway
FAITH IS NOT A FEELING. These are powerful words. Many people seem to believe that someone who has faith feels carefree and optimistic, joyful and confident that everything will be fine. And while these are feelings people with faith often have, they do not represent what it means to "have" true faith. Rather, people with faith are those who, in the face of doubt, suffering, challenges, and all other evidence to the contrary, make a recurring decision to accept these uncertainties when they arise and redirect their focus to what they believe in—what they know in their hearts is true.faith is not a feeling2016/12/01
#78"Your peace is more important than driving yourself crazy trying to understand why something happened the way it did. Let it go."
—Mandy Hale
Even if you never understand why things went wrong, you can find peace by focusing on and building upon the things that went right.peace over understanding2016/11/22
#77"Be present in all things. Be thankful for all things."
—Maya Angelou
Accept each moment as it comes. Take each thought, feeling, and situation for what it's worth. By being present in all of these things, you will often see that they are worth nothing to you. Every time, however, you will see that they are at least worth being thankful for.be present in and thankful for all things2016/11/20
#76"You may see me struggle, but you'll never see me quit."
#nevergiveupnever quit2016/11/19
#75"I refuse to be a prisoner of my obsessive thoughts. I will not let lies and nonsense dictate my actions."
—Inspiration to Overcome
Starting now and continuing forever. Refuse to let irrational thought and the resulting fear and anxiety control you. One day at a time, one step at a time.refuse to be a prisoner2016/11/17#I2Oimage #I2Oquote
#74"There are three ‘C’s in life: choices, chances, changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change."
Not just one choice, but the recurring willingness to do what makes you uncomfortable and the determination to see it through to change.choices chances changes2016/11/16
#73"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."
You can try, but in my experience it has brought me nothing but sorrow. Peace can only be found by accepting life the way it is—no matter how flawed it may be—and finding a way to make the best of it.avoiding life peace2016/11/15
#72"Don't let your past steal your present."
—Cherrie L. Moraga
You cannot experience the past; it can only be experienced as thoughts in the present. Often these thoughts will generate feelings of regret, fear, guilt, hopelessness, or despair. Remember that these feelings have no power over what is happening in the present moment. (The same is true of anxious feelings stemming from future concerns.) Choose to respond with acceptance and and a focus on the present.past present2016/11/14
#71"The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others."
It is far easier to know what to do and tell others to do it than to do it yourself. Trust me, I know. Know that it can be done, believe that you are capable of doing it, and then put that belief and knowledge into action.act on your own advice2016/11/12
#70"As someone with a mental illness, you have three choices: you can let it destroy you, let it define you, or you can let it strengthen you."
—Inspiration to Overcome, variant of (var.) Unknown
The person strengthened by mental illness is the person who already has been destroyed and defined, but decided to fight back.destroy, define, or strengthen2016/11/11#I2Oimage #I2Oquote
#69"To move ahead you need to believe in yourself...have conviction in your beliefs and the confidence to execute those beliefs."
—Adlin Sinclair
You always have the ability to take a step forward, if only you believe you can.conviction and confidence2016/11/10
#68"I cannot control the circumstances I am given, but I can control how I respond to them."
—Inspiration to Overcome
We were all born into an imperfect world. We may not be able to change the bad things that happen in this world and the bad things that happen to us, but we can decide to respond to them with faith, acceptance, and a desire to focus on what we can change: our own actions.
---If your candidate didn't win last night, don't lose hope.

Commentary #revised for #FBF on 2018/07/20:
We were all born into an imperfect world. We may never be able to prevent bad things from happening or completely erase the adversities we face, but we can decide how we respond to them. Choose to respond first with a degree of acceptance, and then courage to focus on what we can change: our own actions.
---Always try to stay hopeful and committed to doing your part. Things will get better.
cannot control circumstances2016/11/09#I2Oimage #I2Oquote
#67"True strength is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles."
Truly strong people are those who endure: not only physical challenges, but mental, emotional, and spiritual ones also.strength is in the soul2016/11/08
#66"You can be stronger than even your deepest fears, but only if you refuse to let them be stronger than you."
—Inspiration to Overcome
You have the strength to overcome them all, if only you are determined to fight against them.stronger than deepest fears2016/11/07#I2Oimage #I2Oquote
#65"Never confuse a single failure with a final defeat."
"Failing" to achieve your treatment goals one day, month, or even year does not mean you have been defeated. Rather, it means you are still trying despite the fact that you are struggling. You have the opportunity to reflect upon your struggles and make any necessary changes to help you succeed in the future. Or, if it was just an off day, simply try again tomorrow. You are not defeated until you have given up.single failure final defeat2016/11/06
#64"There's no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections."
My goal.no need to be perfect2016/11/04
#63"Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain."
—Eckhart Tolle
Be mindful of who you really are, not what your illness is making you think you are. Take a step back and find the truth about the situation, not the lies OCD, depression, or anxiety is feeding you. Pointing out the flaws in its argument weakens its power.be the silent watcher2016/11/03
#62"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
—Og Mandino
determination to succeed stronger than failure2016/11/01
#61"Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent."
—Marilyn vos Savant
#defeatistemporary #dontgiveupdefeat is temporary2016/10/31
#60"I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener."
Don't compare and despair.working on my own grass2016/10/30
#59"Courage is nothing more than taking one step more than you think you can."
—Holly Lisle
Push yourself beyond the limits of emotion and you will give yourself reason to believe you can.courage is taking one more step2016/10/29
#58"Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be."
—Rick Warren
For when it's dark out and the road ahead of you is long and steep...remember how for you've come2016/10/28
#57"Don't feel guilty for doing what's best for you."
Just make sure you do what's really best for you, not what your illness is telling you is best.do what is best for you2016/10/27
#56"I will breathe. I will think of solutions. I will not let my worry control me. I will not let my stress level break me. I will simply breathe and it will be okay because I don't quit.
—Shayne McClendon
I will breathe2016/10/26
#55"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."
—Jesse Owens
making dreams a reality2016/10/25
#54"If their name isn't God, their opinion doesn't matter and their approval isn't needed."
—Ritu Ghatourey
What other people think of you is irrelevant. But if their name is fear, worry, anxiety, OCD, depression, etc., they might require a stern "@#$% you, I'm doing it anyway."approval isn't needed2016/10/25
#53"You don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you."
Exactly. Take a step away from your thoughts and observe your environment. Is there an immediate threat? If not, allow yourself to rest in the serenity of the present. (If there is, react to it. But is it real or perceived?) Then focus on the relationship between your thoughts, your body, and what is around you right now. Do your thoughts make sense in this context? Do they affect what you are doing right now?thoughts2016/10/24
#52"Just because you're struggling doesn't mean you're failing."
It means you're trying hard and not giving up.struggling not failing2016/10/22
#51"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."
—John F. Kennedy
When you notice yourself expending lots of time and energy on something, ask yourself: "Is what I am doing helping me to achieve my overall goal? What can I commit to doing right now to help me achieve my overall goal?"efforts courage purpose direction2016/10/21
#50"If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present."
—Lao Tzu
Very accurate, but if you have OCD, often you are living in the past and the future at the same time.depressed past anxious future peace present2016/10/20
#49"Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow."
What a powerful question. If the answer is "no," then what are the results of the things you are doing? Are these things helping you or keeping you stuck? Do they logically and truthfully make sense in the long term? Is there something you could do differently?doing today want to be tomorrow2016/10/19
#48"Nothing can be done except little by little."
—Charles Baudelaire
little by little2016/10/18
#47"Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future."
—Deepak Chopra
I don't know about you, but I want to be a pioneer of the present.same old way2016/10/17#I2Oimage
#46"Don't look back. You're not going that way."
The only way you can go is forward.don't look back2016/10/16
#45"One thing which I can't stress enough is that OCD is completely nonsensical and will not listen to reason. This is one of the most frightening things about having it. I knew that to anyone I told, there are Salvador Dali paintings that make more sense."
OCD is 1% logic and 99% fear, but it feels 100% logical to the person who has it.ocd is nonsensical2016/10/15#OCDawareness #OCDweek2016
#44"Isn't everyone a bit OCD? Doesn't everyone have a quirk? . . . Isn't everyone a bit cancer? Doesn't everyone have a set of rituals to do every two seconds?"
—Inspiration to Overcome
Serious conditions deserve to be taken seriously.not so ocd2016/10/14#OCDawareness #OCDweek2016 #I2Oimage #I2Oquote
#43"Don't worry about walking a mile in my shoes, just try a day thinking in my head."
Or, just don't judge.day in my head2016/10/13#OCDawareness #OCDweek2016 #anxietyawareness
#42"It's like you have two brains—a rational brain and an irrational brain. And they're constantly fighting."
—Emilie Ford
rational and irrational brain2016/10/12#OCDawareness #OCDweek2016
#41"(OCD) is like being controlled by a puppeteer."
—Toni Neville
puppeteer2016/10/11#OCDawareness #OCDweek2016
#40"No one knows what it's like. I have to do these things or something bad will happen."
no one knows2016/10/10#OCDawareness #OCDweek2016
#39"OCD is not a disease that bothers; it is a disease that tortures."
—J. J. Keeler
Take a moment to reflect on what the acronym "OCD" means to you. Does it mean neat? Cleaning-obsessed? Crazy? Weird? Is is the subject of a funny meme or a laughable remark? Does it describe someone you know, or even you?
The truth is, "OCD" doesn't describe anything, because it isn't an adjective. OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is the name of a serious psychological disorder that affects millions, each in a different way. Although cases vary in severity, OCD is one of the world's most debilitating diseases and certainly not something to be taken lightly. Sufferers are tortured constantly by disturbing thoughts and feelings and feel like they must engage in futile behaviors to prevent fears from being realized. As OCD Awareness Week begins today, see OCD for what it is: a disease that tortures.
ocd is a disease that tortures2016/10/09#OCDawareness #OCDweek2016
#38"I can. I will. End of story."
Simple enough.I can I will end of story2016/10/08
#37"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."
—Nelson Mandela
choices reflect hopes not fears2016/10/07
#36"The only thing stronger than a terrible feeling is the decision to accept it."
—Inspiration to Overcome
accept terrible feelings2016/10/06#I2Oimage #I2Oquote
#35"You have to believe in yourself. That's the secret to success."
—Charles Chaplin
have to believe in yourself2016/10/05
#34"Thoughts are like clouds. They are formless, fleeting bodies, but they will form a shape if you stare at them for too long."
—Inspiration to Overcome
What you envision is a matter of thought processing.thoughts are like clouds2016/10/04#I2Oimage #I2Oquote
#33"I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it."
—Maya Angelou
Events of the past are not changeable; events of the future are not controllable. Neither can be experienced. Why? Because they don't exist. Everything you do and experience is in the present moment.changed by what happens not reduced2016/10/03
#32"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have."
—Eckhart Tolle
Events of the past are not changeable; events of the future are not controllable. Neither can be experienced. Why? Because they don't exist. Everything you do and experience is in the present moment.all you have is the present moment2016/10/02
#31"Don't cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it."
don't cling to mistakes2016/10/01
#30"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks."
—Winston Churchill
Every person...Every situation...Every thought...Every feeling...throwing stones reach your destination2016/09/30
#29"Letting go of the things you can't change is one of the happiest moments of life."
It is also one of the most difficult. However, letting things go is not something that happens in a single moment, but rather a recurring decision that must be made one moment at a time.letting go of the things you can't change2016/09/29
#28"We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and is worth saving."
—J. K. Rowling
every life worth saving2016/09/28
#27"Challenge yourself." —Inspiration to Overcome...to go above and beyond what you think you are capable of.
...by taking the next step forward.
...to accept, let go, and let be.
...and never give up.
challenge yourself2016/09/28#I2Oquote
#26"Never let a stumble in the road be the end of the journey."
Obstacles are just successes waiting to be made.stumble in road not end of journey2016/09/27
#25"I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me."
What is your fire?fire inside me burns brighter2016/09/27
#24"Challenges are problems with solutions, if only you are determined to face and overcome them."
—Moyo Adekoya
Keyword: DETERMINEDchallenges have solutions if you are determined to face and overcome2016/09/26
#23"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"
—Mary Anne Radmacher
courage to try again tomorrow2016/09/23
#22"The past cannot be changed, forgotten, edited or erased; it can only be accepted."
Actually, there are other options. The past can also be replayed, worried about, ruminated upon, regretted, resented, over-analyzed, criticized, hated, despised, and a source of constant anguish for the rest of your life. Choose instead to accept it, move forward and focus on the present. It is far easier said than done, but there is no other way to move forward.accept the past2016/09/22#revised
#21"It takes courage to let go of the familiar and embrace the new."
Change requires many things: determination, acceptance, strength, faith, perseverance, and action to name a few. Two of the most important are the courage to face the things that make you uncomfortable and the courage to step out into the unknown.it takes courage to let go and embrace the new2016/09/21
#20"Don't create limitations."
There are two kinds of limitations in life: the ones determined by the very nature of the universe and the ones determined by your own mind. 202016/09/20
#19"A strong person is not the one who doesn’t cry. A strong person is the one who cries and sheds tears for a moment, then gets up and fights again."
There is neither strength nor weakness in those who have never cried, for they have never experienced trial. There is no weakness in those who have cried, because from their trials they gain strength. There is only weakness in those who give up.192016/09/19
#18"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."
—Audrey Hepburn
18 believe in tomorrow2016/09/18
#17"Faith and determination is what keeps me going."
17 faith determination keeps me going2016/09/17
#16"Don't try to overhaul your life overnight. Instead, focus on making one small change at a time. Over time, those small changes will add up to a big transformation. Don't give up!"
Circumstances are changed one decision at a time.16 small change at a time2016/09/16
#15"Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away today's peace."
—Unknown, var. Corrie Ten Boom
A variation on a Corrie ten Boom quote.15 worrying troubles peace2016/09/15
#14"You will get there when you are meant to get there and not one moment sooner. So relax, breathe, and be patient."
—Mandy Hale
you will get there when you are meant to2016/09/14
#13"You can't change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails to reach your destination."
—Jimmy Dean
adjust your sails2016/09/13
#12"Peace is the result of re-training your mind to process life as it is rather than as you think it should be."
—Wayne W. Dyer
Life isn't perfect. In this world, "how it should be" does not translate into "how it is". Don't make yourself feel terrible by focusing on every negative aspect of life. Instead, focus on what you have the power to do next. Acceptance is the practice, peace is the result.peace as it is think it should be2016/09/12
#11"Don't let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace."
—Dalai Lama
You can't control what other people do, but you can control what you do in response.inner peace others' behavior2016/09/11
#10"Fear is the brain's way of saying there is something important for you to overcome."
—Rachel Huber
fear means overcome2016/09/10
#9"Never giving up on yourself is what it takes to be your own hero."
—Michael Bernard Beckwith
Have faith in yourself!never give up be your own hero2016/09/09
#8"Sometimes you just have to say: 'I am currently under construction. Thank you for your patience.'"
Are we ever really "finished"?I am currently under construction2016/09/08
#7"Overthinking ruins you, ruins the situation, twists things around, makes you worry and just makes everything much worse than it actually is."
Sometimes the best thing to do is to let thoughts go.over-thinking ruins you makes everything worse2016/09/07
#6"Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same."
Sometimes? When it comes to overcoming OCD, almost always.the hardest thing and right thing are the same2016/09/06
#5"The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty."
It is impossible to be certain of everything as a human being. Faith is acknowledging the existence of doubt but choosing to believe anyway.faith doubt and certainty2016/09/05
#4"A.C.T. — Action Changes Things"
S.I.T. — Stuck In Thoughtact: action changes things2016/09/04
#3"Accept how you feel, but don't let your feelings rule you. You are in control."
We cannot control our feelings, but we can control how we deal with them. If we don't reinforce them with negative behaviors, they tend to go away on their own.accept feelings but don't let them control you2016/09/03
#2"Sometimes in tragedy we find our life's purpose."
—Robert Brault
Often you come to realize things you never would have thought of before.in tragedy we find purpose2016/09/02
#1"You can find inspiration from others, but determination is solely your responsibility."
As the #quoteoftheday begins today, this is something that is worth remembering. My goal is to inspire people with OCD/anxiety/depression to have faith and courage, but the ability to put words into action comes from within. Someone can tell you that engaging or not engaging in a particular behavior is a step toward overcoming your disorder. Advice and encouragement can help you along the way. But the decision to take a leap of faith and COMMIT to doing it, no matter how difficult—that is something only you can do.inspiration from others determination your responsibility2016/09/01


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