He tells the story of when he obtained what he thought was the dream, and how he was in fact miserable, and then the impact that hurricane Katrina had on that part of his life. He bounces in and out of this story in order to keep the mood light, and for the most part the segues work. Obviously it does work out in the end, but Thorntons talent in being able to tell the tale of one of the worst times of his life in a way that makes you laugh and cry and relate to his journey is remarkable. He refers back to his collection of about 20 or so self-help books that are on display throughout the evening, wrapping up this section by letting us know that “nothing will make you hate yourself more than a book about how to love yourself”.
We are then introduced to the concept of the Mind Monkey, and get to meet a few of his; the crowd may be small but everyone is laughing. His mix of intelligent, insightful humour, as always, leaves me with tears rolling down my face and sore cheeks from laughing so hard. This may not be a show for people who take self-help books seriously, but it is a show for those of us who may sometimes take our ‘journey of self discovery’ a little bit too seriously and need to learn to laugh at ourselves.