Are you familiar with the phrase "this too shall pass"? I have heard it many times, but never knew its origin until I looked it up. Supposedly it comes from medieval Persian Sufi poets. From what I remember, This king wanted a saying inscribed onto a ring that would make a happy man sad, and a sad man happy. So one of his men came up with "this too shall pass" and engraved it onto his ring. these 4 words have so much meaning, and recently (today) struck me from deep within myself. All of a sudden, I remembered this story, and the phrase, and realized it could not be more true. The past few days have been pretty decent. Not amazing, but not the worst. But then I remember all of those other days...the bad ones. The ones where it felt like everything was over. The ones where i said to myself "this is it". The ones where I didn't leave my bed until 3 p.m. The ones where my OCD was so bad that i didn't want to do anything in fear of my compulsions. The days when I didn't want to go outside in fear of the funny looks I would no doubt receive. The ones like today...My anxiety is through the roof. My face contorting, and my muscles tired. You see, when I get anxious, my OCD kicks into overdrive, which makes me even more anxious, which causes my OCD to intensify, and so on. I've developed new compulsions, and some other ones faded with time. Simple stuff like the volume on my television's volume, which has to be at intervals of 5. from head twitches, to facial contortions. muscular "spasm's" to repeating things in 10's. This will most likely never go away. To make things worse, my medication doesn't really seem to be doing much at all. My therapist said that I may be medication resistant...understatement of the year, and it's only about 1 month into 2017. Why am I telling you all of this? It all goes back to that phrase in the beginning of this post..."This too shall pass". It never really feel's true. Those times when I was hospitalized. Those times when I felt alone in an entire world of people who would no doubt talk to me if I needed. Those times when I felt like I was hanging on by a thread. I truly never felt like it would get better, but somehow it always did. Call it God, or call it a cosmic balancing of some sort. Maybe even karma. Just remember "This too shall pass". Stay happy and healthy, help people who need helping, lead by example, and challenge yourself daily. I have a challenge that you can start with. do something kind for a stranger sometime this week.