Aug 042011

I was talking to my dad today about life’s struggles when he stopped me in my tracks with a comment that left me laughing hysterically.

“You suffer from Optorectitus.” he said half-jokingly.

After asking him what the heck that was, I was told it was the “shitty outlook” syndrome that causes way too much worry.  Needless to say, I laughed.

My dad never ceases to amaze me with his daily sayings which truly keep me in stitches, but this reference in particular struck a nerve — in a good way.

He was right.

I was letting external factors out of my control affect my mood.

I’m willing to bet there are a lot of people out there who are suffering from Optorectitus, especially in these tough economic times.  Certainly those in the news media are.  You can’t turn on the TV or read a newspaper nowadays without feeling like the world is falling apart.

Terrorism, earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear meltdowns, famines, politics, the economic crisis, the nonexistent job market, bankruptcies and foreclosures…the list goes on and on.

It’s easy to catch the disease and join in the misery, but don’t do it.

Immunize yourself against Optorectitus in order to stay healthy.

Dad reminded me that it’s important to pay attention to garbage in, garbage out — what you feed your brain really makes a difference as to how you feel.

I know this, but somehow I keep forgetting it.

So, turn off the TV for a change. Quit reading all the doom and gloom. Listen to some upbeat music.  Sit up straight.  Meditate (or at least take some deep breaths). Count your blessings.  Volunteer.  Hang out with positive people.

Today, I got off the phone with my dad, turned off my computer and went swimming for a little R&R up at my health club.  I took the time to actually introduce myself to a new friend who was holding her 4 month old adorable baby.

Playing with a giggling baby changes your outlook.  So does sunshine, swimming laps and reading a positive book.

The great thing about catching Optorectitus is that you can feel better instantaneously.  All you have to do is make the deliberate decision to change your attitude no matter what it takes, and your frown turns upside down.

Before you know it, you’ll be smiling again.  Optorectitus be gone!

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