Monday, November 16, 2009
Just wondering if anyone else watches a TV program called "Starting Over" I am fascinated. It is basically about a bunch of people who have been through stuff; have issues; been behaving in damaging ways; blah blah who come together to spend time in the Starting Over house. There are two life coaches and a couple of psychiatrists there who help them to learn, relearn and unlearn how to do life. Very skilled people, I may say. It is truly amazing to watch the inmates - a) discover that it is possible for things to get better as they to accept responsibility for their own lives b) emerge changed and ready to see themselves, life and other people differently. The present crowd consists of: a girl who used to "do" bachelor parties and stripping; a woman who has no boundaries ito what she says to people; a woman who has had cancer, is ok now but feels the cancer is her fault; a very large in-your-face woman who has weight and relational issues; a woman in her forties who cannot break away from her mother; another whose mother was killed in 9/11 and she cannot get over her loss. . . . To watch the experts take these woman through their stuff is inspiring - sometimes difficult because they are extremely confrontational at times with these damaged people but it seems to work. . . Probably a case of "don't try this at home" though.