A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work with Joe Waggener. He is both a lawyer and an interventionist. I have always been grateful to him for introducing me to the YouTube Video Riding a Bicycle BackwardsIt is absolutely brilliant and a great illustration of how we teach families and loved ones to do something different, learn new skills, change the narrative and get unstuck.

Let’s face it, by the time people call someone like you and me about helping their loved one, they are in grave distress. They have tried that, yelled, screamed, nagged, begged, pleaded, given money, taken money away, bailed them out of jail, let them leave the hospital, and all to no avail. 

When they come to us, we embrace them–we know they have done their best. Many of us have been in their shoes with our own families. I always give them no fault insurance because I believe everyone has done the best that they can with the resources they have. But now, together, we can learn to do something different which may feel completely foreign–like learning to ride a bicycle backwards.