O.C.D.

POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE

O.C.D.

By Nandy Ekle

So, I seem to have a few obsessive tendencies, as well as a few compulsive tendencies. I must have order in my life. I binge watch TV shows, and I have to start with Season 1, episode 1. In performing my day job, I must hand write all my notes, then retype them into the computer, putting them in chronological order. And if I have to search through lines and lines of check numbers looking for one specific check, I must write them all down by year, color code each year, and number them.

Sometimes being a little obsessive is disruptive. When you have 15 minutes to complete a task, but the more you do, the more there is to do, you have to learn to let go of the least important pieces.

But there are times when an obsessive tendency is a huge asset. Such as writing. You get the proverbial light bulb over your head and realize you have the perfect plot for the perfect story. Immediately you are transported to the world of your story. And you’re so deeply involved that nothing else in the world matters until you get the whole thing written. But even that’s not enough. The story stays with you for days. And even after it leaves the front of your mind, it comes back later, and later, and later. And when it’s perfect and you find a public home for it, you still can’t stop thinking about it.

And that is a worthwhile obsession.

Congratulations. You have just received a post card from the muse.

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