A TV programme in 2011 was a turning point for me. The programme followed a familiar format. There were four participants, all facing similar difficult situations. They were shown struggling on their own; a guru offered advice; they acted on it. When the credits rolled a voiceover updated us on their situations a few months later. This is an account of what happened as I watched the programme, and what I did as a result. First I'll describe the programme itself and how I responded to it. Later I'll write about the action I took, progress so far, and what may happen next. The name of the programme could influence your response to what follows, so I won't name it yet.
We were introduced to four main characters. My heart went out to them. I have struggled with similar situations at various points in my life. I could tell you those stories, but the details are not important here. What matters is that you know I am qualified to comment on this subject, and could give you ample evidence should you so wish. If you are facing redundancy, or have been struggling for some time to reposition yourself in the world of work, or you are supporting someone you love in that situation, or you are seeing relationships crumble under the relentless onslaught of failure to find work, then be assured that we could talk easily and truthfully together from areas of deep shared experience.