Thursday, February 9, 2012

Running Toward Discomfort, Literally

In my recent book review, I noted my favorite tip of moving toward OCD discomfort, viewing it as an opportunity, a chance to keep knocking OCD on its butt. I used that advice this weekend while on a run. There's a house along my run that seems to be collecting garbage. They're up to about 10-15 bags in the driveway right now. And the driveway slopes down to the sidewalk, so whenever I run by on a rainy day, I imagine garbage crud being washed onto my path. So sometimes I avoid that house.

This weekend, I thought about avoiding it. But instead, I ran straight toward discomfort and right past the house. As always, not as scary as I feared ahead of time.

I was recently given the advice to take a picture of myself giving the neighbor's garbage can a bug hug. If I can figure out how to do it without them seeing me, I just might.


  1. Congrats to you for quite literally and figuratively meeting your OCD head-on! That's a great accomplishment.

  2. Great post! It reminds me of a post I wrote about a year ago on proactive vs reactive ERP Therapy:

    I am so impressed that you are being "proactive." Bravo!!!

  3. Ha ha ha - I'm just trying to picture you hugging the garbage can with your neighbors watching!