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Monday, July 14, 2014

"Real life cleaning therapy..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world, #23)

James “Kimo” Rosen is a retired professional photographer living in Kapa'a
 with his best friend Obama Da Dog, Rosen also blogs as a hobby .
That's me back in 1977 in the foothills of Santa Barbara with my Old English Sheepdog, Kamala.
Back then life was amazing...

Kimo's world #23- 

Real life cleaning  therapy

The thing I most remember  was that adults would confide in me their adult life problems when I was as young as seven years old.  My father would confide in me things about mother, my mother about my father, my aunts  and sister would tell me their life problems.  Because of this I dreamed of becoming a psychiatrist when I grew up.

Life had a few twists and instead I became a professional photographer and later in life a publisher of a prominent Alaskan publication.I really should had been a shrink.

There was a time not to long ago that if you told someone you were seeing a shrink or in therapy they thought you were out of your mind and avoided you like the plague. 

Some may argue, however I believe the stigma of mental illness and depression  are no longer  looked upon as taboo and something you cannot talk about. With the onset of Prozac in the 1980's and many more anti-Psychotic and anti depressants becoming a main stay in the doctors prescription pad, mental illness and depression are as common as the herpes cold sore.

It seems everyone either knows someone with a mental illness or has one themselves. 

Many housewife's suffer depression and  many of our veterans  are frequently and commonly diagnosed with PTSD. 

Social anxiety disorders are very common in the cyber universe where people no longer have the desire or interest in human contact. The one good thing that has transpired form social anxiety disorders in the younger generation is that with the lack of  the human element, teenage pregnancy is way down .

Hairdressers, barbers and bartenders have always been an inexpensive way  to obtain therapy and talk about your problems.

I have actually been in therapy where the therapist fell asleep.  I then spoke very loud and said, am I really that exciting? They apologized, but no refund.

There was once  the therapist  who  wound up telling me many of their problems even though I am paying for their time. I guess that's somewhat of a left handed compliment? A therapist to the therapist?

One day I was overwhelmed, my home was a mess. I did not have the stamina or energy to clean it on my own. I decided to hire a cleaning lady.

The cleaning lady I hired for two hours was only a fraction the cost of a therapist, yet I got my house cleaned and someone to talk with. I believe my cleaning lady is a better therapist than most therapists.

I call this new type of therapy 'cleaning therapy.' This type of therapy is so much better than conventional Psycho-therapy which can cost upwards of $100.00 per hour with a licensed professional. My cleaning lady is $12.00 per hour. Do the math! 

My recommendation to anyone needing therapy is to hire a cleaning lady, or cleaning man. Most are good listeners, smile and work as you spill your inner demons.  Not only do you get your house cleaned, you  get some darn good therapy.

The therapy can  work both ways. I like to role play and act like a psychiatrist with my cleaning lady, therefore by the time my cleaning lady leaves, not only is my house looking good but both of us are feeling refreshed like we just took a good anti-depressant. No pharmaceuticals were involved,  just an all natural 'farmacy.'

Believe it or not, every cleaning lady I have ever hired always thanks me upon leaving. I should be thanking them. I do in fact thank them. My favorite  responds, "do you need an appointment card or should we just  say, "see you next week, same time, same station! 

I told my Psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said, "that's not true, everyone hasn't met you yet!"


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KimoRosen said...

That's me back in 1977 in the foothills of Santa Barbara with my Old English Sheepdog, Kamala.
Back then life was amazing...

Harmony Bentosino said...

When you talked about the therapy of housecleaning, I was reminded of the time I hired a maid to clean my house. She never showed up, & I was so furious I cleaned it myself working off all my anger!