Transcript of Recent Therapy Session

How are you feeling today?

Meg: Okay, I guess.

Doc: Have you been working on what we talked about—doing things that make you happy?

Meg: Not really.

Doc: What did you do this weekend?

Meg: Not much. It was too rainy. I did go for a drive on Sunday though.

Doc: Was it a nice drive?

Meg: Uh, it was pretty boring. Except for this one, perfect moment.

Doc: Really. Tell me about this perfect moment.

Meg: Well, the rain had stopped, the sun came beaming out from behind the clouds and there was this young couple walking down the sidewalk holding hands. They had a little dog too. A white one.

Doc: And that make you happy?

Meg: Yes. Because I drove by them and splashed them with my car.

Doc: I see. Did you do this on purpose?

Meg: I don’t know. Maybe. Probably. Yeah, I guess I did it on purpose. I could have changed lanes. Actually, I moved into the lane next to them just to go through that huge puddle.

Doc: I see. What did you do after that?

Meg: Went to the mall.

Doc: Did you buy anything nice?

Meg: No. I just remembered that there was a big pothole outside of Macy’s.

Doc: Did you splash more people with water?

Meg: Just one lady. She was carrying like 80 shopping bags. She doesn’t need all that stuff. That’s what’s wrong with our society, you know. Materialism.

Doc: What else did you do on Sunday?

Meg: Went to the gym.

Doc: Did you have a nice workout?

Meg: Not really. I got distracted. See, I was in the locker room staring at myself in the mirror and I realized that I look much more like a T-Rex than a pear.

Doc: A T-Rex?

Meg: Yeah, a T-Rex. Look at me. I have thick thighs, a big butt, a small waist, and tiny wrists and ankles. You know, whoever started comparing women to fruit — pear-shaped, apple-shaped, banana-shaped — they just don’t know what they’re talking about. I mean, a pear doesn’t have arms and legs. Not even a head. At least a T-Rex has a head.

Doc: Is having a head important to you?

Meg: Of course it is. What kind of question is that? Wouldn’t you want someone who’s judging your physique to at least give you a head?

Doc: I suppose.

Meg: Though, I can imagine you without a head.  

Doc: Okay. That’s enough for today, I think. Let’s talk more next week.


Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu (translated the old sage or master) is traditionally known as the father of Taoism. He lived during China's Warring States period and worked as an archivist at the emperor court. There he met Confucius himself with whom he talked about rites. Rites were the subject-matter of Confucius and Confucianists. Taoism didn't bother with such themes pointing to society, morals and ethics. Therefore the dialogue of these two masters shows a clear demarcation between their specific doctrines. Lao Tzu preached the retirement and seclusion, while Confucius insisted on the practicing the humanhood as the main virtue of a civilized person, and on personal education. Later on, disguised by the court decline of morals, Lao Tzu would left his job and departed to West. He was asked by the Guardian of the Pass to write a book and thus come into being the Tao Te Ching (translated as The Classic of Tao and Te). Tao and Te are basic concepts in Taoist philosophy. Related one to each other they pointed to the Supreme Power in the Universe and its features. Bio adapted from