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My former colleague Mark likes to say, “We should never be
working harder than the people we are serving.” It took me a really long time
to learn this valuable lesson, and I am still deepening my understanding of it. I believe most of us entered into healthcare because we want
to help other people. However, the reality is that we really ...
We've been taught that ''we can't change other people,'' but that's not entirely true. The reason is because we are all connected by an ocean of energy, so in both positive and negative ways, we influence one another all the time.
However, the ability to consistently influence (i.e. change) other people requires a commitment to changing ...
The secret to living in a state of internal peace is hidden in such plain sight that most people don't appreciate its simplicity.
I didn't come up with this secret, which is more than 2500 years old one of the most basic messages of The Tao Te Ching; ''Practice non-doing and everything will fall into place.''
The notion of ''not-doing'' is an ...
A friend of mine told me that when she was in Bali, she found it remarkable that instead of asking the typical question, how are you doing today, she heard people asking, ''Are you balanced today?''
While the distinction between these two questions might not appear that meaningful on the surface, I can tell you from experience that a deeper ...
Today I was working with an extremely suicidal and morbidly obese guy, with a host of physical ailments and chronic pain, stemming from a long history of motor vehicle accidents. He also has PTSD from unspeakable tragedies including seeing a baby killed right before his eyes.
During the course of the interview he stated ''I have had a gun in my ...
While it’s certainly important to be grateful for the “things”
(e.g. family, friends, material possessions), I believe it’s equally if not
more important to be grateful for no particular reason; to be grateful for THIS
moment, which is all we ever really have no matter how much we try to delude
ourselves into believing otherwise.
As I was ...
A belief is nothing more than a thought we keep thinking. In the words of Henry Ford, ''If you think you can or you think you can't, either way you're right.'' The bottom line is that whatever we keep telling ourselves (or taking in from the environment) will be ''true'' in our experience.
In The White Book, the author wrote, ''All beliefs are ...
Guest post written by Rachel Wynn, MS, CCC-SLP
Let's start with a story that takes place in a SNF where I worked. The tight quarters of a small therapy gym and rehab wing, allowed for easy co-treating and observation of my fellow therapists' treatment, which I found incredibly valuable as a new graduate. I noticed when a very gentle occupational ...
One thing anyone working in Long Term Care (LTC) will have to deal with is people passing away. During my years as a COTA I had several people I was currently working with die. It was never easy to deal with, but it's a fact of life.
Since most people in a nursing home have already had some sort of illness or injury they are already compromised ...
When I first meet with a new client, I always begin by asking the following question:
''What is the most important thing that you'd like to work on right now?''
However, this wasn't always the case. I spent years going right into my ''spiel'' without really considering my clients' specific wants and needs. In retrospect, I was being ...