Friday, February 4, 2011

Sweets fast revisited

Last I posted (in August? yikes!) I had started a sweets fast. I would recap that, but I'm too lazy.

However, the sweets (and possibly TV) fast is back with a vengeance! I'm taking a class on addiction this semester and as a part of the class we have to give up all mood-altering substances. If you don't really use any, you have to pick something to give up. The idea is to try to understand what it means to ask an addict to give up his or her drug. The one thing in life that they really love. Or perhaps I should say the thing they love the most. So since I don't drink or anything like that (Hugs Not Drugs, as my friend Mark would say), I decided to give up sweets and I am tentatively considering giving up TV as well, with the exception of the Superbowl and March Madness. I already sound like an addict, justifying reasons to use.

I really like this class...I think. The professor is interesting. At first I thought I really liked him. After digging into some of the reading I'm thinking I don't like so much anymore. The jury is still out. But here is a top 5 things I like about him.

1. He looks/talks like The Dude from the Big Lebowski.
2. Instead of wanting to teach me something, he says he wants to get something into my "noggin."
3. He took a very vulnerable thing I shared with the class and made a joke about it ten minutes later, but in a way that was 0% offensive and 100% hilarious. I think I laughed louder than anyone else.
4. He took the first part of class to make a distinction between "getting a degree" and "getting an education."
5. He wants us to be "great" counselors, not just "good" ones.

I really like all these, but I really like #4. I've been a culprit of the "get a degree" method in high school and a little bit in college. I entered grad school determined to "get an education" and not just a degree, but I can already feel the eagerness for grades and not learning creeping in. It's pervasive. He made a good point though. When a person comes into my future counseling office needing help, they aren't going to ask me or even care what my GPA in grad school was. They don't want someone with a 4.0 (or at least JUST that). They want someone who can help them.