Thursday, 10 January 2013

Self Medication

The wife and I started the new year with a bit of self … help?

It’s funny you know, the term ‘self-help’ is often looked down upon, (at least most guys think so) and the people you catch in the self-help section of the bookstore are perceived as weak or unstable or someone with serious problems. Me too you know, I’ve always been skeptical of people getting inside my head and riding around on the roller coaster of my memories. Myself included. I don’t like rehashing the past. In fact, I’d like to forget it.

But to understand yourself, you’ve got to at least take an honest look at what made you, you. So when my wife told me about a seminar happening in the Fort about “Making Better Life Decisions” I was kinda excited.

The seminar was given by The One Core’s Coach Pia Acevedo. I had previously attended another of her seminars, which was sponsored by Frisomum. That time she spoke about parenthood. Interesting topic for me and it was free. And I like free things.

So upon entering the seminar area, I already had some knowledge of Coach Pia and an inkling of what to expect from her talk. And as my wife and I sat down in our chairs, ready to listen, I looked at her and thought, hmmm I think I’m more excited than you right now.

I’ll tell you why. It’s because guys don’t do a lot of self-analysis. We just are. We’re men dammit and it’s great. There’s no need to explain anything about us because we don’t ask any questions in the first place. It keeps things simple. And it keeps things chugging along. And for a guy, it’s really important for things to keep chugging.

Personally, I’m a creature of habit. I do things a certain way and I like the way they are done. whichiswhymarriageissodifficultpeace! But inevitably, change happens and things get rearranged. Things get lost. And you get into a sort of transition period where you feel like you’re just treading water. Just enough to keep from swallowing the sea.

This seminar was a reminder for me to do an inventory of my parts. To ask myself why I do certain things and why I don’t. To look at all the things that make up who I am. To understand myself, to know myself, to master myself. And thus to steer my life in the direction that I must go.

It’s the truth about you.

That to me is extremely exciting and worth being caught in any self-help section in any bookstore.

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