Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordsmith Wednesday

Somewhere along the way, I contracted a form of mental illness which fortunately is not called Preoccupied Constrained Malady (PCM)...Tormented Coerced Ailment (TCA)...Haunted Urgency Syndrome (HUS)...or even  Beset by Impulse Disease (BID).  In the realm of synonyms, I suppose any one of these could have been chosen, yet somehow, the all-knowing "they" chose the best-sounding, most appropriate name of all.

Obsessive - (adj) L.  obsidere - ob = on + sedere = sit - haunted or troubled in mind to an abnormal degree

Compulsive - (adj) L. compellere - com = together + pello = to drive or force - controlled by a driving force; dominated by an irresistible impulse to perform some act

Disorder - (n) Fr. desordre - an upset of normal function; irregularity

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder = an irregularity of normal function in which a driving desire takes control of your mind and sits heavily on you until you act upon it, providing relief for the anxiety.

Yep.  That's me alright: an abnormal driving desire that weighs me down until I DO something which relieves the anxiety of disarray. 

I know what you're thinking. "I bet she's one of those who turns all the soda cans the same direction in the fridge."  Well...yeah...but don't judge me too harshly.  It's an illness, right, so you shouldn't JUDGE me, you should feel SORRY for me.  Or the people who live with me...

Have a great day, all, and straighten something crooked today...see if it doesn't bring you just a tiny bit of delight!


Angie B. said...

Funny...I kept looking at your pictures wondering what I was supposed to be noticing. Does that mean I have OCD too? (OK, my cabinets don't look quite that neat. But I'm with you on keeping things straightened up and in order).

Lori Shaffer said...

I thought this was normal too, Angie, until every single friend who enters my house and opens a cabinet totally makes fun of me. After a while, I realized that perhaps I was a tad abnormal! I like to know what I have without digging. Before I established this system years ago, more food was wasted b/c I didn't know it was there. Now I always know what I have. And yes, you probably have it too.

Anonymous said...

I love it. Bravo for such organizational skills. I bet you don't spend half your life looking for things. Joanie