Sign on door: “Don’t Let You Over-Analyze You”
Bob: Hi, I’m Bob, it looks like it’s going to just be us tonight, but that’s alright, more will probably come next week. What is your name?
Sue: Hi, nice to meet you. I’m Sue…I know it’s kind of forward, but can I ask you something?
Sue: Forward was probably the wrong word to use, but anyway, that sign over the door; which “you” am I?
Bob: I’m not sure I’m following…
Sue: Well, if I am the first “you” than I am kind of being a bully by over-analyzing the other “you”.
Bob: I see, but it’s not like she’s being a bully, the sign is just saying that some people are too hard on themselves.
Sue: Oh, I know that’s true, sometimes I just beat myself up…but that means I’m being a bully right?
Bob: No Sue, you’ve got to remember who you’re beating up.
Sue: But that’s the other “you”. If I’m that “you” then the sign is telling me to stop being such a pushover right?
Bob: Kind of, but by coming to this meeting you are taking the first step toward standing up to your inner bully.
Sue: I thought this group was about over-analyzing. I don’t need some sort of self-defense/karate training.
Bob: It’s not a self-defense training. It’s an over-analyzer anonymous meeting.
Sue: Are you getting mad at me? You sound annoyed. I didn’t come here for you to just make me feel bad. I already do that to myself.
Bob: I’m not mad at you…I’m just…never-mind. Listen, I like you and I think that you are doing a great thing by coming here. Let’s just forget about the sign. How do you feel about yourself tonight?
Sue: I came here feeling hopeful, and then I got confused by the sign…now I don’t know if you are just trying to blow me off, hitting on me, or just doing what meeting leaders are supposed to do. I’m really just tired of thinking at all.
Bob: You know what? I’m a little tired too. Let’s just pick this up next week when we are both a little more energized.
Sue: Okay, that sounds good. Same time?
Bob: Yep, 7:00. Thanks for coming. (Thinks to himself, “at least we got past the sign”).
Sue: (In the distance) Do you think I should park a little farther away next week just in case more people come?
Bob: Any spot should be fine Sue. (Hits head on wall)
Join us next time when we meet Bill and Jill, the paranoid twins.
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