Drifting thoughts of a snowflake

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Hello Kettle!

I recently started a second job where I do the books for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. While it’s somewhat of a pain in the ass to work more after I get out of the first job, it can also be entertaining. It might be a bit of stretch for me to be working there since they would probably diagnose me as an alcoholic.

I sit at the receptionist desk. This allows me to be privy to both the conversations of people in a waiting room, and to counselors holding group sessions. So far, I’ve learned a few things. First of all, I’m not as mature as I’d like to be. I learned this when they asked if anyone had ever bought something instead of paying a bill. I have done that! Maybe I didn’t buy crack, but I’m sure I’ve bought clothing or CD’s instead of paying a bill.

Secondly, praise yourself for everything you do. Everything, regardless if it’s expected of a normal human being.

This morning a perfect example came up. I was speaking to a counselor regarding her time sheet and she said, “Well I try really hard to be honest on that time sheet. I’m in recovery, so I have to be. I guess I should try and be honest all the time, but now I really have to be.”

Yes, hooray! I will also praise myself for not putting down that I worked 10 more hours than I really did! Superb integrity!

Other inspiring stories I’ve heard include this one:

Patient: I shouldn’t be in here, cause I just smoke pot.
Counselor: So you don’t think that’s a problem? You think there’s not a downside when you decide to do that?
P: NO! It just makes me a little slow. That’s all.
C: So why are you here?
P: I got arrested for buying pot.

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Blogger Lost in Translation said...

i'm so very impressed.... admirable & interesting work. good luck with this new venture and keep those insider observations coming.... hopefully none will be about me & my qualifications for residency! ;-)

3:55 PM

Blogger DrinkJack said...

Yay! Glad to hear from you.

Boo! On a second job.

Yay! On fun stories!

The Yay's have it :)

5:55 PM

Blogger MzOuiser said...

There you are! Knew you were out there somewhere.

I like the bit about being proud of yourself for doing small things. I'm proud of myself for making the bed today. I'll be really super proud if I make it to the gym.

12:05 PM

Anonymous nan said...

I'll be really proud of myself if I lose the 10 pounds before my trip in April.

1:31 PM

Blogger Jennirhiow said...

hahahahaaaa.... i like the pot story. nice to hear from u again.

2:30 AM

Anonymous Nan said...

Amanda, where have you gone?

2:32 PM

Anonymous graffiti said...

I have also brought a CD instead of paying a bill. I must try and give them up


12:35 AM


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