I keep my prison cell immaculate. Everything has its place.
Cosmetics are lined up perfectly, labels out, finger width apart, from tallest to smallest.
Shoes lined up perfectly, one inch apart.
Clothes neatly hung, starting with pants, ending with shirts and a coat. Buttons and zippers facing out.
Socks, underwear, t-shirts, and towels, all folded perfectly… seems facing out. I don’t stuff one sock into the other. That stretches them out. I fold them.
Over the years my OCD created a lot of havoc between cellmates and I.
In addition to everything I just mentioned, I also like the floor to be disinfected and spotless.
These days I have a celly who could care less about my OCD and spotless floor. He’s a 9 year old black lab/collie mix. His name is Yahoo. And let me tell you, Yahoo sheds more than one thousand Ball Pythons in mid July!
He’s also an awesome cure for OCD. I love him so much that I just don’t care about all the XL sweaters and Fur Coats he leaves behind.
The first week I got him, I was cleaning my floor at least 6 times a day. I would try to drop the doggie treat in his mouth so I wouldn’t get his saliva on my hands. I was washing my hands a million times per day. I wouldn’t touch my cup or bowl after touching Yahoo, unless I washed first.
And oh, did I mention I also have a disabled human celly? His name is Dickie. He’s in a wheelchair due to Guillian syndrome. He has a ton of medical gear in here. He’s messy, sloppy, and unorganized.
IT WAS JUST TOO MUCH!!!
So I decided to use the power of MIND, and cure myself of OCD. To a degree.
I’ve had Yahoo four weeks and I now wipe my hand on my pants to get rid of his saliva before I grab my cup to take a drink of dog haired water. Everyday I’m picking or spitting dog hair outta my mouth. I lay down next to him on the floor. Then step out into the day room to brush myself off. I view it as a form of dust mopping. I get to love on Yahoo while cleaning the floor. Its a win win!
My perspective determines my attitude. Both are within my control.
In the past, I didn’t handle things appropriately. As a result, I suffered the consequences.
Today I simply do what I know to be right. As a result, the blessings speak for itself. I’M IN THE DOG PROGRAM!
PS – Yahoo has earned his yellow bandanna. Sweet! He is progressing beautifully! Now I gotta try to get him to smile for the camera 😉