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Awesome day 3 conclusion.
This family has worked so hard for their healing. Mom said its the first time in 22 yrs that she has seen dad cry. Amazing healing time. Dad stated having opened up more than in 58 previous years.
Today we will secure the foundation. Dig into some Post Principle Parenting and get the family a big Post Institute resource package for continued support, education and encouragement.
Good morning. It’s time for another day, would say on the bus but I guess we aren’t actually on the bus now are we?
So back in the home for another day, first full day with dad not here so will prove to be the most important day.
Parents are the foundation of the family and without a secure base all else is just another nail trying to hold together broken wood.
Talk to you later,
Day two on the Recovery Bus started with a group pow wow outside of Joe and Dodee’s home, the idea being to strategize our game plan for the day. It began well with a recap of what’s been accomplished and where we have to dig in…that mostly being Dad Joe.
All three therapists expressed concern of his absence during the intense family sessions and what appeared to be avoidance…but I’m not a doc. Terry expressed the need to meet Joe where he is at before digging into too deeply. I believe our other two pros may feel differently.
Surprisingly we had some very colorful banter and disagreement between Dr. Kendra and Bryan (our unconventional maverick) in therapeutic styles relating on how to treat Dodee. I must say the sparks flew between the two of them and it was fascinating to see two mental health folk go at it and observe their resolution which ended in an hugging-it-out session. Wild!
This exchange caught the production crew, our executive producer and myself off guard as we watched Bryan’s hashing it out with our beloved “Earth Mama” Doc (who held her own, I must say).
Later in the day I personally enjoyed a game of War with sweet little eight-year-old Caleb using his Spider-Man cards and at last count I do believe I was ahead. More tomorrow as we enter day three, our first full day with all four family members present.
Let’s keep praying we keep this bus in the station long enough to get the whole family on board…therapeutically and recovery-wise that is.
Hanging on to that hope,
Well wrapped up day 2 and it was a bit more of an uphill climb today.
Since this was the second day dad was not present for the majority of the work. I found myself feeling quite frustrated that dad (Joe) was not making a bigger commitment to the family but as I like to say…emotional reactivity stems from unfinished business…so I had to look at that within myself and realize that I’m feeling stressed by having to work differently than normal which also stresses my need for predictability. For this insight into myself I get to be thankful to the dad who’s being asked to stretch his comfort also.
Finished up my work by 5 and had to bear the LA traffic for a couple hours back to my friends house where I’m staying…but its all good because their two lil’ girls Avah and Oona always greet me at the door with smiles which releases my oxytocin….and ahhh just like that the world is right.
Looking forward to a night of rest and contemplation on where the family needs to go for a paradigm shifting breakthrough.
I feel honored and humbled to be part of the Recovery Bus team. What a privilege to participate in such a unique and awesome project! I applaud the courage of our first family in being willing to share their lives with us all. I am sure many will identify with their struggles, and I hope that those of you who do will support them with your comments.
We are all on this road together. Each of us has hardship and pain and adversity to overcome. It is my hope that as we travel with the Recovery Bus, we can encourage one another to keep on keeping on, knowing there is hope and healing available, sometimes just around the corner.
I am constantly surprised and thrilled to see how God reveals himself in the most unexpected ways and times, just when we need it most. I trust the Recovery Bus will be one of these experiences and I can’t wait to see how the journey unfolds.
Looking forward to the ride,