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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Selfishness (02/14/05)

TITLE: Sessions on the Couch
By Karen Deikun


“I don’t think these sessions are really productive.” I said. We’ve been meeting together for several months now, and we discuss all the same old problems: every session, every time.”

As usual there was no comment – just that silence. Weren’t we going to discuss how we could change my selfish husband? I mean, how many times did I have to talk about the remote thing? No one could take over a remote like Jack. It didn’t matter what I was watching when he came in – he just grabbed that remote and ‘click’! My program would be gone and the game would be on.

We hadn’t really solved the problem of my two selfish, whining kids, either. I was so tired of those two! All they wanted me to do was drive them around or talk on the phone to their friends. They never spent any time with me.

Oh, yeah, there was that literature I was supposed to read about how to train kids – but I think we’ve passed the age where I can really put any of that into practice. And it’s so hard to understand all these principles and how to work them out. I just want to be told what to do. I just want it solved, okay?

And don’t even get me started on my boss. Does he ever think about how overtime disrupts my schedule, or how really stupid some of these jobs are that he has me doing? If all these selfish people would just shape up! I don’t know why we can’t just get these problems fixed. I mean we’ve spent enough time talking about all this, haven’t we?

“Yes,” he finally said. “We have spent a lot of time talking about all of this. Session after session we come together and all we talk about are your problems. Or how you feel. Or how you can’t take this anymore, or you can’t take that anymore. These sessions seem to be all about you. I can’t remember a single time when you’ve even said thank you to me”

“I don’t understand!” I shouted. “I thought these sessions were all about me. Isn’t that why we’re meeting together?”

“No.” He said. “We’re meeting together to talk. Prayer is about you – but it’s also about Me. You haven’t really listened for my voice at all. You just wanted Me to do things for you. Actually, my child – it’s all about Me. Don’t you think that maybe – you are being a little selfish?”

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Claire Lowes02/21/05
Great twist! I love it!
Cheri Hardaway 02/22/05
I absolutely love this piece! When it became clear that the "sessions" were with God, I almost fell over; what a twist! And an incredibly poignant way to make a point that won't be soon forgotten! Awesome work!

donna robinson02/22/05
great little twist at the end! Great Read
Lori Othouse 02/23/05
This was great! I loved the twist and it was so true to life. How easy it is to fall into the trap of "Poor me!" Very convicting in a non-preachy way. Excellent!
Suzanne R02/26/05
And I echo all the things others have said - the great twist at the end, the conviction and my identification with it. Well done.
Debbie OConnor02/28/05
Excellent! I knew it was about prayer (because I've had these kind of "sessions"). Great work. Congrats on another well-deserved win!
Joanne Malley03/01/05
I was a judge last week. I knew this piece would place. It was tight, well-written and conveyed much in a rather short amount of words. Wonderful job once again.
Gloria Laroza T.03/12/05
I like simple but honest and realistic writings like this. You deserve 1st place! Your writing hit me right on my weakest spot.