With another year coming to a close, I like to take time to reflect. I’m grateful for the knowledge I’ve gained; the lessons I have learned; and the people who have entered my life in big and small ways.
I came across a video recently which helped me sum up a bit of this reflectiveness. But first, some thinking...
Therapy in itself can be very challenging. Multiple times per week, you are working on skills that may take more effort now than they ever have before. Addressing these skills can be daunting. You’re constantly being faced with tasks that push your abilities. At times, there is success and sometimes there can be setbacks.
Getting into this kind of rut can cause you to miss celebrating all of the things you CAN do, and are really good at! Perhaps talking is a bit more challenging now, but writing as a means of communication has improved greatly. Maybe you have trouble remembering parts of your day-to-day routine, but you can recall some details from weekend football games to share in conversation with friends. It can be harder to focus and concentrate on long tasks, but you are starting to increase the amount of time you meditate by a few seconds or a minute or two each week.
These instances may not seem like gains in skills to you...but if your quality of life is improving (e.g., happiness, social engagement, reduced stress levels), these small gains have huge implications for your overall well-being and that of others around you.
So...I leave you with this video, a “sweet” reminder to reflect on what you CAN do, and to think about how a small shift in mindset can make a difference in how you view yourself or others.
Enjoy the holidays! The CSL Blog will be back up and running in January 2022!
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Devon Brunson, MS, CCC-SLP
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