Neil Pasricha talks about his blog ‘1000 awesome things’ and how he decided to identify one awesome thing each week day and how this helped him get through some tough times in his life – the awesome things chronicled includes things like popping bubble wrap (a personal favourite), to getting the exit row on an aeroplane (relevant as am posting from Japan at present) to the smell of cut grass on a summers afternoon….
The 3 A’s of Awesome:
Attitude: Talks of our ability to get lost in the pain and sudden change that can happen in our lives or to “grieve then face the future with newly sober eyes” choosing to move forward and take steps into the future.
Awareness: Looking at the world as if its the first time – embrace the inner 3 year old within us and appreciate the small wondrous things that we see and experience everyday.
Authenticity: Be brave – be who we are! Don’t be ashamed of our meaningful occupations. He gives a great example of this during the talk!
Now relating these points back to OT and our practice….
As clinicians I think that it is important to lead by example when it comes to occupational balance and engaging in our occupations – we often ask the our patients / clients / consumers to re-frame the pain / trauma they have experienced into lessons learnt and carried forward, we ask them to appreciate and be present in each moment (common in mindfullness) and to carry out their meaningful occupations as best as they are able without embarrassment or fear of judgement.
So… I ask that you briefly ‘OT’ yourself now…. can you say you do those 3 A’s often?
I am terrible at being in the moment, but try to see the world with lessons learnt, and I try to be proud of my meaningful occupations -even if my meaningful occupations are considered by others to be ‘nerdy’ (making an OT website for fun in your free time…), ‘geeky’ (a love of computers, technology, star wars, star trek and Hello Kitty), ‘old fashioned’ (cross stitch, knitting, keeping a nice house), reading (have a weakness for YA fiction)…
I feel very strongly that we should never ask something of our patients / clients / consumers that we would not be prepared to do ourselves!
Check out the talk and let me know what you think!