So like today is Friday and I have been in the program for four days. I was only late the one day and left slightly early one day. For me that is really good considering the amount of work that is done there. Those of you who do not understand how being in groups all day can be exhausting, I am about to explain how it can be, at least at this program.
First we start the day relatively easy with a check in group that asks how we are doing and what kind of goal we have set for ourselves. The goal might seem easy and in many cases it is, but sometimes it is hard to pick one because you want to make it easy, but you know that for that day you really want to get something done. Now no one actually checks to see if you reached your goal, but the person who made it knows and believe me, it is a major let down if it is not carried out.
Next we have a group that is more of a learning type of group that focuses on existential therapy. In one group this week we had to write our own eulogy. I personally thought this was a bit on the morbid side at first. I mean think about it, someone is suicidal and is asked to write their own eulogy. At first I thought that it was counterproductive, until we were asked the last two questions. The last two questions asked about relationships and how they would be affected whether we lived or died.
The third group to me is the hardest for me. It is an interpersonal group where are split up into smaller groups and sit in a circle and discuss things on our mind and get feedback from the others in the group. What makes this hard is that we as a group seem to ask the hardest questions to each other and when we don’t, it seems like the facilitator chimes in with even more difficult questions. This group is the longest of them all at one and a half hours. Sometimes when you are all done it feels like you got hit by a semi and you were only in a Yugo. (if you know this car, you have lived for a while…LOL)
After that group we have lunch. Great time to rethink all that transpired in the last group.
The last group of the day is another type of learning group. Today for example we discussed our own personal purpose of life. It was broken down a bit and we answered a few questions before coming to our own purpose.
Now during these time and our breaks is when the various therapist can call you to join them for a half hour for individual therapy. We have a half hour a day with a therapist. They don’t however; interrupt the interpersonal group at all. There is no distraction what so ever for that group.
For those of you who are not used to therapy, might be thinking that this is no big deal, but believe me, the shit you don’t want to deal with is basically thrown in your face and you have no choice but to look at it and when you are done for the day, it doesn’t go away.
Ok so that is about it. For today’s picture I have a shot I took this week at the program. It is a beautiful tree taken like I take most of my tree shots. Hope you like.