“So, how are you doing today?” Dr. Thegan asked in her usual “I care, but only in so much as you are allowed to pay me to care” way.
“I am doing awesome!” It was a total lie. I had a migraine headache that landed me in bed for 3 days, pressures were mounting at work, debt collectors were hounding me for money, and there was talk of a war tax to help fund our troops in Afghanistan.
“That is a total lie, Mr. Smith.”
“Well, I don’t have anything new to report – just the same old medical battles, financial battles, sandbox empires not getting along. You know, the usual.”
“Would you like things to change?”
Oh here we go, the old “if you want things to change” speech.
“How about you take a step towards change then, Mr. Smith? What is the most important thing you’d like to change right now?”
“I can only pick one?”
“You can pick as many as you’d like. But the more things you work on, the more fragmented you become.”
What? No speech? OK, this is good. That was an unexpected twist, as I was fully expecting to type out a whole speech right there, and then I totally didn’t have to. Awesome.
“I suppose you are right. I mean, I wanna get out of debt, I wanna do more with my creativity, and I want to spend more time with my imaginary wife and kids. Oh, and I wanna get laid…more frequently.”
“OK. I cannot choose for you, but I’d recommend you pick one or two small tasks that move you forward with those goals.”
“Well, if I am creative, I might be able to make some money off of it. I won’t be able to spend more time until I can afford to get everyone together again. So, there’s the Fluffy Bunny poster project, and I should finish the Electric Software Planner project, oh I want to send Christmas cards this year, I told the kids I would upload some videos to YouTube and I have pictures to share, and I want to collaborate on a music project with my cousin!”
“I knowwww, too much crap. OK, I will do the Electronic Software Planner – because I promised to finish it. And I will finish the poster project.”
“OK. Those sound reasonable. So you will come back when those are done, alright?”
So be it.