“So what brought you to me today?” the psychologist asked her new patient, Alan Greer.
“I read a review on Yelp,” Alan answered. “You got four stars.”
“I see,” Dr. Langley said. “But what I meant was why do you feel that you need counseling?”
“Oh right, of course,” Alan said, feeling slightly embarrassed. “I have this recurring dream that I’m in a tunnel and I see a light at the end of the tunnel, but no matter how fast or how long I walk toward the light, I never get any closer to it. That dream is fomenting some very troubling feelings in me.
Dr. Langley smiled. “That’s hilarious,” she said.
“Hilarious?” Alan said, indignantly. “What kind of shrink are you? You find this funny?”
“Alan, this whole light at the end of the tunnel shtick, it’s such a cliché,” Dr. Langley said. “You’re lost and you don’t see a way to find yourself. So what you need to do is change the channel.”
“Change the channel?” Alan said. “What the hell are you talking about?”
“Think of your life as a TV show, Alan,” Dr. Langley said. “You’re sitting on your couch and watching the same show hour after hour, day after day and you can’t change the channel. So you’re stuck in this rut and can’t climb out. Therefore, what you need to do is pick up the damn remote control and change the channel. Find another show to watch. One that inspires you and motivates you take charge of your life. You need to stop being a character in someone else’s screenplay. You need to write your own script. Can you do that, Alan?”
“Yeah, I think I can, Doc,” Alan said. “I’m going change the channel, write my own script, and take charge of my life.”
“Yes, Alan,” Dr. Langley said,” but you do understand, Alan, that I’m speaking metaphorically, don’t you?”
Written for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (counseling), Ragtag Daily Prompt (tunnel), Your Daily Word Prompt (foment), Word of the Day Challenge (hilarious), The Daily Spur (channel), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (therefore).